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Code as a Second Language & IDB | January 2018

Hispanic Heritage Foundation

In January, HHF’s national initiative, Code as a Second Language (CSL) hosted one CSL Bootcamp sponsored by IDB in Washington, DC at Mary’s Center. 

CSL fellow, Andres Rothe, Innovation and Technology Coordinator led the CSL Bootcamp at Mary’s Center in Washington, DC. CSL fellows are connected to HHF through our Latinos on Fast Track (LOFT) Network and act as leaders within the community and guide young minds through their initial journey through technology.

“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, Latinos on Fast Track (LOFT) Coder Summits. Bootcamps are 4-6 hour programs that introduce students to computer programming and provide them with the skill sets to create their own websites/mobile applications. The Bootcamps led by our CSL Fellows leave inspired about careers in computer science.

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. Within the CSL initiative, there are CSL Bootcamps, Academies, Latinos on Fast Track (LOFT) Coder Summits.

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.

Learn more about Code as a Second Language (CSL) here.

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