This weekend at SXSW, we had the honor of sitting alongside leaders from DreamCorps, #YesWeCode, TechHire and TechSquare Labs to announce that applications for the newly renamed #YesWeCode Fund are now live.
The #YesWeCode Fund was initially launched as the Tech Opportunity Fund in September 2016 and is a collaboration between The Iron Yard, Code Fellows, Operation HOPE, Opportunity Ecosystem, Climb Credit, TechSquare Labs, We Can Code IT and #YesWeCode. By unifying the efforts of code schools, government, civic organizations and employers, the goal of the Fund is to increase diversity in the tech industry by removing financial barriers and increasing access to tech education.
This is a huge goal and we are proud to be a part of the solution. Our CEO, Peter Barth said it best: “Creating an inclusive tech workforce can only be achieved if all stakeholders in the tech sector are represented in the solution. By uniting the efforts of employers, educators, government and civic organizations in the Fund, we can both inspire people who are currently underrepresented in the industry to choose tech as a career and empower them to pursue that goal through a full-tuition scholarship to attend a code school.”
Over the next five years, the #YesWeCode Fund aims to award $100 million in diversity scholarships to women and
minority students who are currently underrepresented in the tech workforce. We have committed $40 million in full-tuition scholarships to attend our immersive programs, and Code Fellows and We Can Code IT have also committed to providing scholarships to attend their bootcamp courses.
We are so excited to be working with such fantastic organizations around the country, and cannot wait to meet the new students who will have the opportunity to learn to code and pursue a career in tech through the Fund.
For more information about the scholarship program, or to learn how your organization or code school can be involved in the #YesWeCode Fund, visit: http://www.yeswecodefund.com or shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.