#CodeStart is a 13 month coding, entrepreneurship, career readiness and financial readiness program innovated by Atlanta Workforce Development Agency, TechSquare Labs and Opportunity Hub. Our current cohort includes 17 disconnected youth and under-employed young adults from neighborhoods in the City of Atlanta. Over the 13 month period, the students commit to a 12 week fulltime, immersive coding bootcamp in which they learn Java. After successful completion, they receive career readiness, culture fit and financial literacy training. At that point, we work with the students to gain employment as a junior entry level computer programmer/developer/engineer. It gets better as the students will then participate in a part-time entrepreneurial pre-accelerator and incubator program for the remainder of the program. At the end, we aim to create a new software programmer and a technical cofounder of a high growth startup. The sky is the limit. It gets better. The students receive housing and a monthly living stipend.
Let's talk about the living stipend and how one of our students was impacted by systemic racism while simply trying to cash a money order.
Read about this experience here, https://storify.com/rodneysampson/adayinthelife
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Hire our qualified candidates.
With humility and responsibility toward this definitive cause.
Chairman, Opportunity Hub
Chief, Diversity + Inclusion Initiatives, TechSquare Labs
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