Code Fellows, the Seattle-based program that works to offer vocational training in modern programming practices, will be holding a free, week-long “Code Camp” for underprivileged women and at-risk youth.
The camp will be held every morning from August 12 to 16 at the Seattle Union Gospel Mission Women’s shelter. According to a press release, the camp will focus on introducing “the kids and women to programming skills that are essential to the development of games, mobile apps and web apps – and it will provide them with a head-start on a potential career path in software development.”
Code Fellows hopes that the instruction will help propel Code Camp students to further pursue programming, whether as a professional path, or just a personal interest.
“By exposing these students to software programming, we could help them reveal a potential hobby that they’re suddenly passionate about – or a talent that they never knew existed,” Dimitry Frenkel, Director of Software Development at Wetpaint and a Code Camp instructor said in a press release.
In addition to the knowledge that they pick up at the camp, attendees will also get access to ongoing professional mentorship through Code Fellows’s partnerships with area tech companies. The company also offers scholarships to its two-month-long boot camps based on fiscal need, including women-only programs.
Previously on GeekWire: Hey, lady hackers: $10K scholarship fund available for women-only bootcamp
Blair Hanley Frank is a technology journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has also worked for Macworld, PCWorld and TechHive. He can be found on Twitter @belril.