In March, HHF’s national initiative, Code as a Second Language (CSL) launched CSL Academies at Helen Cox High School in Harvey, Louisiana and Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, California.
“Computer science can help youth build the skills necessary for success in school, workforce and in life,” said Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO of HHF. “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.”
Within the CSL initiative, there are CSL Bootcamps, Academies and Latinos on Fast Track (LOFT) Coder Summits. Students who participate in CSL are introduced to computer science and syntax, led by our CSL Fellows.
CSL Academies consist of a 8-10 week program that meets once a week for 1-1.5 hours designed to immerse students in the fundamentals of computer science/ entrepreneurship, programming and syntax. CSL introduces youth to computer science and makes technical training and careers accessible to women and other minorities. CSL is committed to providing a technically skilled and diverse pool of talent to meet the demands of today’s growing technology companies. The model fosters a network of Latino software engineers and Latino leaders.
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.