CSL: Los Angeles Students Develop Mobile Apps

Alberto Avalos

Innovation and Technology Program Manager

Yesterday, 25 excited students from South East High School in Los Angeles, CA, received Certificates of Completion in their final session of a Code as a Second Language (CSL) Academy. CSL fosters the development and mobilization of a network of Latino software engineers. The applications will be available for viewing on the CSL website: loftcsl.org.

CSL also encourages an entrepreneurial mindset aimed at the creation of mobile applications and website development. The program’s mission is to introduce computer science in various locations across the country, to talented, under-represented leaders of today.

What makes Code as a Second Language special is our near-peer model where we identify and gather local Latino software engineers and select amongst them a core group of CSL Fellows who are willing to share their skills with under-served communities throughout the U.S. We prepare them with relevant open-sourced curricula and facilitate the instruction through our relationships with dozens of school districts.

The CSL Academy at South East High School, was led by Veronica Hernandez, an alumni of SEHS, who is now studying at Occidental College.

Below are results of the students who participated in the CSL Academy:

  • 89.9% of students said their coding improved
  • 91.3% of students said they would continue to practice coding
  • 92.8% said they would consider taking a course like this again

If you are interested in bringing the LOFT Code as a Second Language Initiative to your school, sign up here: www.loftcsl.org/school_signup.

If you’re a Latino or Latina studying computer science or a professional software engineer and want to become a Code as a Second Language Fellow, apply here: www.loftcsl.org/volunteer_signup

Watch video below of South East High School students personally thanking Infosys Foundation USA!