Empowering Underserved Youth Through Coding
InnerCode's initiative aims to provide comprehensive, high-quality Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) education with a focus on coding and programming in underserved areas of LA County. We also offer mentorship programs to support students' learning. Our goal is to equip students with essential digital skills, fostering an inclusive and technologically proficient community within LA County.
What is the primary issue area that your application will impact?
K-12 STEAM Education
In which areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?
County of Los Angeles
In what stage of innovation is this project, program, or initiative?
Research (initial work to identify and understand the problem)
What is your understanding of the issue that you are seeking to address?
We are seeking to address the digital divide that exists in underserved communities in Los Angeles. This divide is not just about access to technology, but also about the opportunity to learn and develop skills in coding and programming. Without these skills, students in these communities are at a disadvantage in the job market and have fewer opportunities for economic advancement.
Describe the project, program, or initiative this grant will support to address the issue.
The Empowering LA through Coding and Programming Education initiative is a comprehensive strategy to tackle the lack of access to quality coding education in underserved Los Angeles communities. We will partner with local schools to improve and establish coding programs. Our unique approach encompasses providing coding resources, conducting teacher training for sustained program growth, inviting tech industry guest speakers to motivate students, and setting up coding clubs and competitions to encourage a love for coding and programming among students.
Describe how Los Angeles County will be different if your work is successful.
If our work is successful, we envision a Los Angeles County where access to quality coding and programming education is not determined by one's socioeconomic status. This will lead to more students from underserved communities securing high-paying jobs in not only tech but other industries as well, contributing to the reduction of income inequality. Our long-term plan includes scaling our program to reach all schools in the county, making coding education a norm rather than an exception.
What evidence do you have that this project, program, or initiative is or will be successful, and how will you define and measure success?
First we will define success by the improvement in students' coding skills and their interest in pursuing careers in tech or other industries. Second we will measure success by conducting pre- and post-program assessments to gauge students' skill improvement and by tracking the number of students who express interest in pursuing careers in tech or other industries after participating in our program. Third we will measure success by conducting pre- and post-program assessments to gauge students' skill improvement and by tracking the number of students who express interest in pursuing careers in tech or other industries after participating in our program.
Approximately how many people will be impacted by this project, program, or initiative?
Direct Impact: 310
Indirect Impact: 440