(Photo by Kait Privitera for the City of Philadelphia)
Here’s one way: bring Philly Tech Week to city rec centers in low-income neighborhoods and ones that are predominantly black. That’s what Sylvester Mobley, the founder of coding education nonprofit Coded by Kids, is doing.
Mobley said it’s the organization’s way of bringing the tech scene into neighborhoods that are often overlooked by the tech scene at large. We awarded the group a Philly Tech Week microgrant for the series of events.
There are three events in three recreation centers across the city — in North Philly, Southwest Philly and East Mt. Airy. They’ll be doing brief intro to coding workshops, plus a “Meet the Philly Tech Scene” portion, where tech groups will talk about who they are and what they’re working on. See the agenda for each event here.
Coded by Kids is looking for both volunteers and organizations that want to present at the events. Here’s info on how to get involved, as per Coded by Kids spokeswoman Maggie Deptola:
Individual volunteers can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the session and location they are interested in. Volunteers will be required to attend a volunteer orientation held at the Marian Anderson Recreation Center (740 South 17th Street, 11th Floor) on Saturday, April 23rd from 12:00 to 1:00 pm. Volunteers can participate in as many sessions as they’d like, but will be expected to commit to at least one, one-hour session.
Interested organizations can send an email to email@example.com with a slide deck (max 10 slides) describing their organization and fill out this doodle poll with the dates and times members of their organization can present. Organizations should send their slide decks no later than April 20th, 2016.