And of course, we chatted a bit more about their calculator, which was a project for Resilient Coders, a Boston-based non-profit. Vonds and their fellow students had enrolled in their intensive 14-week bootcamp, which aims to:
In other words, Resilient Coders is teaching people of color in Boston to become engineers — and then, at the end of each bootcamp, working to secure them jobs in the tech industry.
I only learned about Resilient Coders a month or so ago. So right now, all I can say is that I’ve attended three of their Community Hours sessions, in which working web professionals can volunteer time to help students work through a bit of code, to brainstorm some product ideas, or to think through some UX issues. And after each session, I’ve left more impressed than the session before it. Each student I’ve met with has been incredibly thoughtful and passionate about the work they’re doing, whether they’re building a chat app, or designing an ecommerce site for local artists. It’s been hard not to spend time with these students without feeling energized about my own work.
If you’re in Boston and you’d like to support Resilient Coders, you can volunteer at a Community Hours session. Even better, if your company’s in a position to hire a Resilient Coders graduate, you should get in touch. (And hey, their students have a demo day coming up.) If neither of those options appeal, you can donate to support the program — from what I can tell based on my brief time there, your money’ll go to very good use, and an even better cause.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a really good book to read.