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Rainbow Housing Kicks Off Coder Kids Program in Houston
Houston youth coding education program will cultivate the next generation of business, tech, and digital media leaders
By: Rainbow Housing Assistance Corporation
"This program will aid in offering continued opportunities to the residents of Haverstock Hills Apartments,"
The Coder Kids program aims to assist younger generations develop essential critical thinking skills, increasing post-high school employment opportunities. Students will learn the basics of Scratch, (https://scratch.mit.edu/
In spring of 2018, students will be introduced to a new programming language called Python, which will introduce more advanced coding topics. Each semester will consist of 12 one-hour classes taught at Haverstock Hills Apartments.
"We are ecstatic to be partnering with Rainbow, an organization with values which align with our mission of generating a more skilled 21st century workforce," said Jeff Ward, founder and lead instructor of Coder Kids. "Code touches everything we do from how we shop, learn, and communicate with friends and family. Computer programming is now an important part of literacy in today's society."
This new program will join a multitude of life-enhancing and skills-development programs offered to the residents of all ages at Haverstock Hills Apartments, including workforce development training, GED preparation courses, youth empowerment programs, personal finance workshops, and more. The community serves over 300 school-aged youth and in excess of 1,700 adult residents.
This past August, Rainbow and other local stakeholders in the Houston affordable housing market held a meeting at Haverstock Hills Apartments to celebrate 10 years of collaboration and to discuss initiatives to continue to improve the community and surrounding neighborhoods with crime prevention efforts and concepts. The coalition includes Houston District Attorney's office - Kim Ogg, Harris County Sheriff's Department, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Aldine Independent School District, Houston Apartment Association, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, The First Tee, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Lone Star College, Local Faith Based Ministries, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Houston Housing Authority, and J Allen Management.
"The group renewed their commitment with tenured members, new leaders, new partners, and new ideas," said Janisse. "We are excited to share Coder Kids as one of those initiatives which will improve lives for generations to come."
Rainbow Housing Assistance Corporation (http://rainbowhousing.org/