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The White House + Codecademy's Code Summer+ Youth Education program

The White House and Codecademy — an education company committed to creating incredible learning experiences both online + offline — teamed up to get youth learning to code in their summers off.

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Codecademy co-founder Zach Sims' says that "coding is the new literacy" — and I couldn't agree more. Their Code Summer+ initiative launched a few years ago and is based around the White House's Summer+ and Youth Jobs+ Education program helps to get more kids (and adults) learning to code.

Imagine the employment opportunities that become available for youth who have even basic coding knowledge. Their logic skills alone are invaluable.

More on the program here and at Codecademy's blog here.

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Photo of Meena Kadri

Great share, Katie – not only because of the growing opportunities for those who code – but because of the canny leverage of student downtime over summer. Also interesting that they're shifting to offline meetups alongside their online engagement. Even with all our switched on tech developments, people find value in connecting in-person.

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Katie,
This is a very interesting initiative. Highly specialized jobs that require coding skills are definitively available in the US but there are not enough skilled people to fill them. This is a great first step. Do you think this model can be replicated in other countries?

Photo of Katie Clark

I do think so! And there are so many virtual ways to teach kids around the globe. Or they could send "ambassadors" of the youth program to teach perhaps Then the teachers get an education in culture + travel as well.