Hustle N Code

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The Summer Coding Leadership Academy (SCLA) is an immersive 10-week experience where young men of color develop as technology leaders. Inner city students partake in experiential learning, receive mentoring and instruction to develop Leadership Skills, Computer Science Skills, Design Thinking Skills, and Entrepreneurial/Project Management Skills.

Through experiential learning, coaching & instruction, and mentorship, our TXTers use theskills gained throughout the summer to create a product/application that meets a social need or a demand in the marketplace. The culmination of the Summer Coding Leadership Academyis the Annual South Los Angeles Demo Day. On Demo Day, TXTers are enthused to showcase the skills that they have acquired, and the digital manifestations of those skills through the minimal viable products(M.V.P) they have built. A panel of judges reviews the Demo Day teams and determines 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

Eligibility: Boys currently enrolled in 9th or 10th grade.

Important Dates:

  • Priority Deadline February 16th, 2019
  • Regular Deadline March 16th, 2019
  • Orientation May 18th, 2019
  • Program Dates: May 25th, June 1st, June 8th, June 13th –August 4th

*Dates subject to change

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TXT’s Hustle N’ Code Hackathon is an event aimed at inspiring youth who live in public housing developments (i.e. “The Projects”) to address pressing issues in their communities using technology. TXT is the only organization in the nation that is hosting hackathons directly in public housing developments, and the need is high: our data has shown that less than 1% of youth in public housing developments in South Central have access to the internet, and less than 5% have access to a computer at home. Thanks to Hustle N’ Code, hundreds of teens from South Central Los Angeles will be exposed to computer science for the first time.

During our hackathons, boys and girls ages 11-18 form groups of four and are joined by professional developers to solve a community issue with code. The program doesn’t stop there, though: all of our hackathon participants have the opportunity to continue coding and learning, for free, at our Hackerspace, year-round. Our hackathons typically reach over 200 families in South Central Los Angeles. At the end of the day, we hope to inspire underserved tweens and teens to dream about being techies and programmers.