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CSL Coding Jam at Howard University | Washington, D.C.

Isla Martinez

Marketing and PR Coordinator

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation hosted a Code as a Second Language (CSL) Coding Jam at Howard University Campus in Washington, D.C this week.

CSL fellows lead our Jams, Bootcamps and Academies. They act as leaders within the community and guide young minds through their initial journey through technology. CSL Jams are one day 1-2 hour programs, just one component of CSL Education!

The needs for CSL are important, as only 51 % of Hispanic students are “very confident” they could learn Computer Science, CSL is here to supplement that confidence and provide students with the key resources in order to help 100% of Hispanic students feel “very confident.”

Hispanic students also have less exposure to computer science and when they do it is in the form of computer literacy as opposed to coding syntax, CSL is here to expose students to more opportunities.

In 2017 alone, CSL has launched Bootcamps and Academies, other components in CS education, in Oakland, San Jose, Portland, Osceola, Austin, among others! CSL Bootcamps are an opportunity where students learn a condensed introduction to computer science through a block based learning curriculum with the goal of growing the community of Latino software engineers. At these technical training Bootcamps, students gain insight on what is necessary to build games and other gaming applications.

HHF is committed to providing students with resources to technology and our vision is possible by allowing students to stay connected with year-round access to the LOFT Innovation leadership and workforce development programs including STEM Symposia, Innovation Fellowships, Youth Awards, mentoring and other work based learning opportunities.

To learn how you can get involved with our CSL program as a student, partner or sponsor go here.