A new program is starting up in Mount Dennis, and it’s totally different: TechSpark will teach young people, 15–29, how to develop for the web apps and dynamic sites for the internet.
The in-class section will last for 8 weeks, but it gets better. After class ends, there will be 12 weeks of job placement with “one of our innovative employment partners. We will also help you develop a killer portfolio of your work, create a resume and get you prepped for your big interview.”
TechSpark sounds radical. Not content with the usual nerds, they’re looking to build a new community of developers:
More than 80% of the technology used in everyday life are consumed by women and people of colour, and less than 1% of that group are behind the creation of that same technology. We knew if we wanted to create strong social impact, DRIVEN’s work must start with Toronto’s intelligent racialized and marginalized youth population.
If you, or someone you know, is interested, apply soon: spaces are limited and the course starts in late June.