Black Boys Code is a Not-for-Profit organization dedicated to introducing young boys of colour in their critical development years (ages 8 to 17) to computer science through one-day and two-day workshops, Hackathons, after school and summer programs.

 

Our programs are aimed at boys of a young age to build capacity and skills in the field of computer technology. We utilize mentorship, industry exposure, and intensive training in the field of computer science to help the boys understand they have the ability to become technological innovators and creators of their own futures.

Black Boys Code is committed to improving opportunities for young black men by exposing them to careers in the technology field.

 

The current racial divide in the computer science field calls for practical steps to close this gap and raise the percentage of Black students participating in tech.

 

Simply put, far too many brilliant young men of colour aren’t choosing a career in technology, because they don’t see a place for themselves in the sector.

 

Here’s the good news, Black Boys Code is working to change the mindset of young black men by creating a program of inclusiveness and on-going support that will help to close the diversity gap in the new economy. With encouragement, education and empowerment, we are inspiring young men of colour to dive head first into technology.

 

At Black Boys Code, we aren’t just teaching kids to code – We are teaching critical problem solving and planning skills in an environment that fosters communication and collaboration. These are foundational skills that will ensure these young boys of colour not only see themselves as participants, but as future leaders in tomorrow’s economy.

 

By participating in BBC’s workshops these young men will develop lasting friendships and the beginnings of a professional network that they will carry with them throughout their lives and on their own personal success path. They are meeting their future start-up co-founders, business partners and engineers who will help bring their vision and ideas and to life!

Vision

To be the leading organization dedicated to introducing young boys of colour to computer science.

 

Mission

Black Boys Code will empower young men of colour to lead and succeed in the new economy.

Our values

At Black Boys Code, we believe every child should be given the opportunity and the support needed to participate in the new economy. In meeting this challenge, BBC is governed by the following four core values:

 

Inclusion: Every boy willing to try will be accepted, and made to feel included. This is a team effort, and we are all part of the same team, pulling in the same direction.

 

Opportunity: Nothing gives hope like real opportunity. Our program is centered on opening the doors to new opportunities and ensuring our participants are prepared to take the next steps for themselves.

 

Empowerment: Self-confidence, awareness and information are all keys to success, and together they are what we mean by empowerment.

 

Respect: We accept one another without judgment and value each other’s opinions and points of view.