CSL Launches Coding Academy in Portland!

Isla Martinez

Marketing and PR Coordinator

HHF launched the first Code as a Second Language (CSL) Academy at MT. Scott Learning Center in Portland!

CSL is a national educational initiative introducing, teaching, and connecting Latino youth to computer programming by leveraging young programmers in the HHF network to serve as CSL fellows. The model fosters a network of Latino software engineers and generational leaders.

The 8-session academies take place in different high schools around the country, all year long with the support of corporate sponsors, like the The Best Buy Foundation who sponsored the Mt. Scott Learning Center CSL Academy as well as 4 other CSL Academies in Los Angeles, CA, Minneapolis, MN, Austin, TX, and Seattle, WA.

Click here to see our CSL Academy we launched with the Best Buy Foundation in Austin, Texas!

Math teacher, Amanda Morris at Mt. Scott Learning Center said, “As a math teacher in this country STEM education is critical for women and people of color. I am really grateful that the Hispanic Heritage Foundation is here to support our students. There’s a critical shortage of educated STEM folks in our nation for the technology fields, I am very happy to have this program for our students!”

CSL provides a meaningful computer science education for Latino youth and is a part of The Foundation’s efforts to train and prepare Latino youth to fill the gaps in America’s workforce.

Once the students complete the program, they are provided with access to year-long LOFT Innovation Leadership and Workforce Development programs including STEM Symposia, Innovation Fellowships, Youth Awards, and other work-based learning opportunities.

“Computer science can help youth build the skills necessary for success in school, workforce, and in life,” said Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. “Beyond preparing Latino youth for jobs in the tech industry, which America desperately needs, we also want to promote creativity, innovative thinking, problem-solving, and how to work with others to solve issues.”

To learn more about our CSL program and how to get involved as a student, partner, or sponsor go here!