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Hispanic Heritage Foundation teaches Latino students to code at home during educational crisis of COVID-19

Hispanic Heritage Foundation

Hispanic Heritage Foundation

Funding provided by the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation

 WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) has announced its commitment to teach more than a thousand students to code over the summer through the Code as a Second Language (CSL) Virtual Camps.

CSL, which has gone virtual this summer with support from the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, will continue to focus on teaching coding with a focus on cultural relevancy, career paths and social impact through technology with, what HHF President and CEO Antonio Tijerino has called “an elevated sense of urgency” because of the pandemic, which has caused an educational crisis along with the financial and health crisis.

According to the Brookings Institution, students lose up to 30 percent of their school-year learning over two months of summer vacation – Latinos at an even higher rate. Because of the pandemic, students will have been out of school for at least six months even if schools do open back up for fall semester.

“Driving the CSL virtual summer effort is the fundamental belief that all youth deserve access to a technology-based education, which will lead to entering the workforce in a stronger position and the ability to create, express and mobilize through technology during a time when there is an elevated sense of urgency,” said Tijerino. “There is talent everywhere and our collective purpose is to inspire and develop that innovative potential which will help America move forward.  We are grateful to the Schusterman Foundation for their leadership and commitment.”

CSL is designed to expose underrepresented students to computer science as way to not only prepare for the future but also to improve everything from communication, to creativity, to confidence and succeed at other school subjects. Coding will also enable the students to be creators, innovators, and entrepreneurs rather than just consumers of technology.  HHF is set to teach 100,000 youths to code across the country by the end of next year.

“We are pleased to support the Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s efforts to ensure today’s crisis will not stop tomorrow’s leaders,” said Julie Mikuta, Co-President of the Schusterman Family Foundation. “In the uncertainty of the current environment, as low-income students and families of color bear the most significant impacts of our ongoing health and economic crises, HHF’s critical work is ensuring that high-quality learning is taking place this summer, helping to minimize learning loss and maximize students’ engagement.”

 About the Hispanic Heritage Foundation and CSL

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation is a national nonprofit focused on education, workforce, innovative leadership, and culture to meet America’s priorities. Through HHF’s program, Code as a Second Language (CSL), tens of thousands of students across the nation are introduced and taught to code. Once they are initiated, they are connected to a larger network of coders including mentors, workshops, activities through award-winning LOFT (Latinos On Fast Track) program for further development, connectivity and placement into the workforce and Fortune 500 companies (Visit www.HispanicHeritage.org) Follow HHF on Facebook and Twitter

About the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation

The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation (Schusterman) is a global organization that seeks to improve lives, strengthen communities, and advance equity. Its philanthropic vision is grounded in a commitment to pursue justice, repair the world, and treat all people with dignity and civility. The Schusterman Foundation invest in efforts to improve public education in the United States, strengthen the Jewish people and Israel, and address the needs of marginalized individuals and communities.

CSL Manager: Daisy Madrigal – daisy@hispanicheritage.org / Media contact: Nicolás Peña – nicolas@hispanicheritage.org

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