Dream Corps Unlimited, the nonprofit social and enterprise incubator founded by activist and former Obama administration adviser Van Jones, is launching a multimillion-dollar #YesWeCode scholarship fund and other programs next year.
The organization’s #YesWeCode project teams up with major tech companies, celebrities, and politicians in an effort to train 100,000 low-opportunity youth to become high-level programmers.
This year, #YesWeCode launched the Coding Corps–a national job training program that placed trained apprentices from Oakland, California, into more than a dozen tech companies including Pinterest and Twitter. Along with cable network MSNBC, #YesWeCode also produced documentaries about its hackathons and on young people of color in technology.
“Diversity in tech is not about guilt, morality, or the word ‘should,’â€ said Jones, president and co-founder of #YesWeCode at the Diversity in Tech Summit at the Oakland Museum Oct. 19. “Diverse companies are showing strong evidence of outperforming non-diverse companies. Diversity in tech is about the bottom line.â€
Green For All is another Dream Corps program that strives to build a green, environmentally-conscious economy to lift people out of poverty. Another program, #cut50 works to transform the justice system by meeting with congressional leaders and pushing reform legislation.
In addition to the scholarship fund, Dream Corps’ goals for 2016 include collecting 1 million signatures to support federal reform of the criminal justice system; and to work with states to push for punishment of polluters so that money can be invested into low-income communities.
To achieve these goals in the New Year, Dream Corps is kicking off a fund drive in attempts to raise $36,000 to prepare for the new initiatives. Donations are being accepted on the organization’s website and via mail.