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circa 2013

 

We didn't plan for it.  But the universe aligned and our mission began.

It started with Code.org's What Most Schools Don't Teach video.  Trying to get our 8 year old son to pay attention to a "cool video" about Computer Science turned into a chore until he saw "someone cool" who looked like him and who shared the same interest as him "basketball."  That's all it took.  Thank you Chris Bosh!

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Technology and Computer Science is not going away.  Today, there are over half a million jobs (546K+) in computer science/computing.  Sadly, there are less than 10% of computer science grads who are ready for the job market.  And the numbers aren't looking better. In black + brown communities, those numbers are more grim.

So instead of complaining about it, we did something about it! Since 2013, we have organized computer science events [Summer Coding Camp and Hour of Code events in multiple states] so that kids from under-represented communities can tap into the tech ecosystem and see how they, too, can be creators + producers of technology and not just consumers.

You wanna be what you see,” - Mr. Quincy Jones…born and raised on the South Side of Chicago wanted to be a gangster till he was 11 years old because those role models were all he saw in his community.

Dream Hustle Code believes that by exposing kids to CS Education + Tech Creation, they will soon become the role models that are currently lacking in the industry.

We’re excited at the future and welcome you to Dream Hustle Code with us.

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At the end of the day, it’s about role models.

’Children have never been very good at listening to their elders,’ wrote author James Baldwin’s Nobody Knows My Name: More Notes of a Native Son 3, ‘but they have never failed to imitate them.’

If you look down the career road and see no one like you, it’s tempting to give up. The world is teaching you a lesson by sheer optics: this path is not for you.
— Teresa White, Fortune article, March 9, 2016