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Brothers Code

Introducing Young Boys and Men of Color to Tech

Technology is everywhere today, but only a tiny fraction of students are learning how to create technology. Brothers Code is part of the larger movement to introduce youth to tech as part of National Computer Science Education Week.

The Hidden Genius Project and Kapor Center for Social Impact invite young men of color in middle and high school to join the fourth annual Brothers Code event, Saturday, December 9 at Merritt College (Oakland, CA). This event is meant to expose young people to skills and networks that can guide them to exciting opportunities within the tech sector.

At this activity, youth participants will:

- Play with technology while practicing coding and programming skills
- Explore the vast range of career opportunities within the tech sector
- Learn about the various education pathways that can lead to participation in the tech sector
- Investigate the various ways they can leverage technology to strengthen their communities and reach their goals
- Network with enthusiastic tech sector professionals from a range of backgrounds

We will also host a concurrent program for adults! We invite parents/guardians, teachers, administrators, counselors, champions, and any other interested adults to register to participate in their own simultaneous program. The adult sessions will help student advocates learn how they might support young people to pursue technology pathways (and participants will get to practice some of the technology skills as well!).

There will also be a session for adult stakeholders to discuss how they might actively support youth entrepreneurs to leverage their skills and ideas to build out their own ventures.

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We will need general, non-technical volunteers to help with event set up, people movement, food set-up and distribution, registration, and basic support of the program participants. We also need volunteers to support implementation of the youth and adult program sessions, which include technical skills activities, entrepreneurship projects, and exploration of career pathways.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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*Breakfast and Lunch will be served

Who: Young men of color in middle and high school; and adults interested in learning more about how to support young people's development in tech [implemented by a partnership of The Hidden Genius Project and Kapor Center for Social Impact]

WHEN: Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM (PST)

WHERE: Merritt College - Huey P. Newton/Bobby Seale Student Lounge. 12500 Campus Drive. Oakland, CA 94619

Registration and breakfast begins at 8am; programming begins at 9am, until 2pm

Presented by The Hidden Genius Project, in partnership with the Kapor Center for Social Impact

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