If you know young African-American men who would benefit from learning about tech careers and writing code–as in PHP, Python, compiler language, Ruby on Rails, and all the many other languages deployed in well-paying tech careers, an upcoming event may be just the thing.  Free to qualified youth, Brothers Code will be held on Saturday, December 14th at the Laney College Technology Center with the goal of exposing 100 African American young men in the Bay Area to the worlds of tech-driven possibilities.

According to organizer Justin Davis, “African Americans are woefully underrepresented in the info tech industry. Also knowing that we have untapped brainpower in our communities, we want our Bay Area young men to be able to take advantage of the tech economy, which will continue to boom in the foreseeable future.”

During the two 2-hour sessions, participants in Brothers Code will meet black men who are tech professionals, learn more about tech career options to consider (they aren’t JUST about coding!), and use hands-on modules to learn the basics of computer programming.

Saturday’s event will have two sessions: 10am to 12pm for middle school boys, and 1pm to 3pm for high school young men.

Brothers Code is part of the larger Hour of Code  campaign to involve youth with the basics of coding education during National Computer Science Education Week; over 2 million students are already set to participate in Hour of Code activities across the nation.


Free admission; Gift cards for all successful participants

College Bound Brotherhood
Level Playing Field Institute
OUSD African American Male Achievement Initiative
Hidden Genius Project
Kapor Center for Social Impact

Laney College is easily accessible by BART (Lake Merritt Station) and AC Transit.


About The Author

Susan Mernit is editor & publisher of Oakland Local (oaklandlocal.com) a news & community hub for Oakland, CA. A former VP at AOL & Netscape, & former! Yahoo Senior Director, Mernit was consulting program manager for The Knight News Challenge, 2008-09; was a 2012 Stanford Carlos McClatchy Fellow; and is a board adviser to The Center for Health Reporting at USC, Annenberg School of Journalism. She has consulted with many non-profit organizations on strategy, product development and social media/engagement, including Salon.com, TechSoup Global, Public Radio International and the Institute for Policy Studies/Economic Hardship Reporting Project, led by Barbara Ehrenreich.

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