Washington, DC -- During the 2016 election cycle, there’s been a lot of talk about technology jobs going to foreign workers. But, the truth is, there hasn’t been enough focus on encouraging young students to embrace STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields in the United States, leaving young Americans lagging behind their international peers academically and later professionally.
Unfortunately, students living in America’s inner cities are often among the last candidates either qualified or considered for these positions. In fact, white men hold about 90 percent of the computer science jobs in the United States.
One nonprofit in our nation’s capital is working to reverse this trend. Economic Growth DC Foundation, an economic policy advocacy organization focused on the city’s stagnant growth, launched Code4Life, an initiative that provides D.C.’s poorest students with the opportunity to learn how to program from experienced computer engineers.