LOFT & Google Host Coding Jam in D.C!

Alberto Avalos

Innovation and Technology Program Manager

WASHINGTON, DC – The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) and Google hosted a LOFT Coding Jam Session on January 23rd at the Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools’ Parkside Campus, 3701 Hayes St, NE, in Washington, DC.  A STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Symposium featuring a panel of top STEM professionals also took place.  The free, bilingual event instructed minority youth on how to code using HTML and CSS with more than 100 students and their parents attended.  A Chromebook laptop was provided to the student with the best idea to make a positive impact on their community.

LOFT is HHF’s award-winning leadership and workforce development program and the Coding Jam Sessions – which are being executed all over the country – are part of LOFT’s Innovation & Technology Track.  Other LOFT Tracks include Science & Healthcare, Engineering, Finance, Entrepreneurship, Education, Public Service and Media & Entertainment.

“Driving this effort is the belief that every youth throughout our communities deserves to have access to high-level technology programs and trainings,” said Emanuel Pleitez, Chairman of HHF. “We are thrilled to partner with Google and innovative educational institutions like Cesar Chavez to inspire and equip minority youth to be world-class innovators.”

The agenda and timing of the program will be:

  • 1:30 – 2:40 p.m. – STEM Panel and Q & A
  • 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Coding Jam Session
  • 5:00 – 5:30 – Giveaway, Networking and Closing

“There is no greater way to make an impact than through technology and to encourage innovation,” added Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO of HHF.  “We believe these are young leaders of today, not tomorrow.  America can’t wait.”

About Cesar Chavez Public Charter School for Public Policy

The Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools of Public Policy’s mission is to prepare scholars to succeed in competitive colleges and to empower them to use public policy to create a more just, free, and equal world.  Visit www.ChavezSchools.org.

About HHF and LOFT

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation, a nonprofit originally established by the White House in 1987, inspires, prepares, positions and connects minority leaders in the classroom, community and workforce to meet America’s priorities.  HHF also promotes cultural pride, accomplishment, and the great promise of the community through public awareness campaigns seen by millions.  HHF is headquartered in Washington, DC, and has offices in Los Angeles, New York and the LOFT Institute is housed at Michigan State University (Visit www.HispanicHeritage.org.)

LOFT is HHF’s award-winning, leadership and workforce-development program focused on “Tracks” including Innovation & Technology, Science & Healthcare, Engineering, Finance, Entrepreneurship, Education, Public Service and Media & Entertainment.  Tens of thousands of students and young professionals are connected to each other, guides and resources; over 30 trainings, workshops, and informal Charlas are hosted across the country; creative initiatives are executed; and hundreds of minorities are placed into internships, mentorships, fellowships and full-time positions with Fortune 100 companies and government agencies.  Visit www.loftinnovation.org, and join http://loftnetwork.org to get on the fast track to leadership.

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Contact:  Santiago Amieva, Santiago@HispanicHeritage.org