Brother Van Jones is determined to make a mark in this world for young, black children by using his time, resources, network and talents to ensure they are properly prepared for the 21st century.
In 2014, Jones put together a team of compassionate, connected and concerned people to form #YesWeCode an organization dedicated to finding ways to uplift today’s urban youth and help them achieve a more promising future.
The aim of the #YesWeCode initiative is to target low-opportunity youth and provide them with necessary resources and tools to become world-class computer programs. These are highly valuable skills in the 21st century that will ensure a shift of the trajectory of their future and lives.
Speaking about the Yes We Code organization, Jones said this:
“I don’t care if they are ‘Straight Out of Compton’, from Detroit, Chicago or Harlem; I will teach 100,000 black children computer coding. More, if I blessed with more time in this life.”
– Van Jones, founder, Yes We Code, Oakland, CA
From the Yes We Code website:
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