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Crushing South L.A.'s Digital Divide by Teaching Youth to Code

URBAN Teens Exploring Technology is the only computer-programming academy in the inner city of Los Angeles.

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When you think of South Los Angeles, thanks to media stereotypes, you might think of gangs, drugs, and liquor stores. But, do you think of the digital divide? South Los Angeles is a "tech desert"—a place where technology start-ups, incubators, accelerators, and tech innovation do not exist. However, for the past three years, URBAN Teens EXploring Technology, the only computer programming academy in inner city Los Angeles, has been working diligently to ensure that tech talent and an innovative culture is fostered in South L.A.

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For Low-Income Youth, Learning to Code's About More Than Jobs

Computer programming is the tool that helps our teens learn how to learn, develop discipline, and build confidence.

Coding is a tool for youth leadership development, not just a need for the future. At URBAN Teens eXploring Technology, the nonprofit organization we run in Los Angeles, we're setting the tech world on fire by inspiring teens to become tech entrepreneurs. We see coding as the catalyst that can take young men of color from neighborhoods like South Los Angeles and Watts and turn them into technology leaders who build positive communities. To us, computer programming is the tool that helps our teens learn how to learn, develop discipline, and build confidence.

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