Our programs offer an immersive experience where young men of color develop as technology leaders by learning computer programming, entrepreneurship, and public speaking. We use tech and coding as tools that lead to discipline, confidence, and critical thinking.
During the 15-week summer coding academy, our teens work closely with each other and our coaching staff to build web and mobile apps that address community problems - these serve as their minimal viable products. At the end of the summer, coding academy teens compete in Demo Day, fast-pitch session where a panel of judges from the technology and business worlds select a winner based on viability, possible speed to market, and the clarity of how it solves a clear problem.
The highest performing TXT students, coaches, and mentors toured Silicon Valley as a way to celebrate the teens’ 12 weeks of coding and entrepreneurship. We toured Google and Stanford, and the winning team of the 2013 summer coding academy was invited to tour Microsoft and Facebook.
In the fall and spring, coding academies teens improve and build their products. We are hosted at the University of Southern California.