Coding Program for Male High School Students of Color Launches in Pittsburgh

AT&T’s support enables 18 Pittsburgh students to enroll in All Star Code summer program

A class of 18 Pittsburgh-area high school students have embarked on 6 weeks of rigorous computer science study, learning skills that will position them for acceptance to college and ultimately for careers in the tech industry, through the 2017 All Star Code Summer Intensive program. The program is designed to empower young men of color with the skills, networks, and mindsets they need to create new futures through technology.

Founded and based in New York City, All Star Code received $44,000 from AT&T to support its expansion to Pittsburgh this year as part of a larger national contribution.

The Pittsburgh program, which is being held on the campus of Chatham University, featured a site visit from AT&T role model employees who spoke about their professional and personal career growth and challenges. Pablo Henriquez, an engineer with AT&T, and Marcus Woodard, an AT&T sales leader, shared their experiences with the students.

The students attend the following area high schools Allderdice; Barack Obama Academy of International Studies; Brashear; Central Catholic; Imani Christian Academy; Kiski Prep; Penn Hills; Science and Technology High School; Serra Catholic; Steel Valley; Westinghouse; and Woodland Hills.

“All Star Code gives young men of color hands-on experience learning tech skills that employers in Pittsburgh and nationwide look for in new employees. The program also gives them the chance learn more about the paths of AT&T employees who have achieved professional success. I’m glad we’re able to help All Star Code expand in Pittsburgh – and help these young men prepare for the future,” said J. Michael Schweder, president, AT&T Mid Atlantic.

“We’re excited to continue our long-standing collaboration with AT&T as we host our first Summer Intensive in Pittsburgh,” said Christina Lewis Halpern, Founder and Executive Director of All Star Code. “Expanding All Star Code into new markets is essential to our goal of bringing diversity to the tech industry, and the enthusiasm of our students and partners here has made us feel at home in the Pittsburgh community.”

All Star Code Summer Intensive Program

AT&T engineer Pablo Henriquez (l) and sales leader Marcus Woodard (r) engage Pittsburgh-area high school students participating in All Star Code Summer Intensive program about professional and personal career growth and challenges.

Halpern added that AT&T contributed $365,000 to the program this year, which helped All Star Code nearly double the size of this unique program in New York City and Pittsburgh in one year.

The All Star Code Summer Intensive has a proven record of success. According to an independent research firm, 70 percent of graduates of the program plan to major in computer science and three quarters say they decided to work harder in school after experiencing All Star Code. Research also shows that 100 percent of college-age alumni will attend four-year colleges – two-thirds of which will be Top 50 Universities in the United State – and roughly 40 percent received full scholarships to their school of choice.

This contribution is part of AT&T Aspire, AT&T’s signature philanthropic initiative to drive student success in school and beyond.

All Star Code is a non-profit initiative that prepares qualified young men of color for full-time employment in the technology industry by providing mentorship, industry exposure, and intensive training in computer science. All Star Code is dedicated to closing the opportunity gap between young men of color and the tech industry. Visit AllStarCode.org for more information. Follow us on Twitter at @AllStarCode.

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