Canada Learning Code Receives Ted Rogers Community Grant To Support Teens Learning Code
News Release: November 30, 2018
TORONTO & SASKATOON – Canada Learning Code celebrated its community partnership with Rogers, who are providing $150,000 in community grants to support the expansion of Teens Learning Code programming across Canada over the next three years.
“Empowering teens to change the world by using technology to solve problems is at the heart of our Teens Learning Code program. We are so grateful for the support of the Ted Rogers Community Grants program to help us expand Teens Learning Code to support 5,000 learners over the next three years.” said Melissa Sariffodeen, CEO of Canada Learning Code.
“At Rogers, we believe there is power in coming together to make a brighter future possible for generations to come,” said Peter King, Senior Director, CSR, Rogers. “We are pleased to partner with Canada Learning Code and provide support to Teens Learning Code to help make a meaningful difference in the lives of young participants.”
The Ted Rogers Community Grants program is dedicated to providing 100 community grants each year to organizations across Canada that are focused on unlocking learning and leadership opportunities to aspiring young leaders. These grants support charitable organizations running innovative community programs focused on inspiring youth to continue their education and to develop skills to help them succeed.
Canada Learning Code is hostingTeens Learning Code Hackathons throughout the country. These are one-of-a-kind collaborative learning experiences for female-identified, trans and non-binary youth ages 13-17. Participants are immersed in the world of technology and are introduced to the concept of using code to imagine and create a better world. During the Hackathons, participants work together to build tools (website, app, etc) that leverage the power of technology to make real change in their community. Through hands-on workshops, mentorship from industry experts, and peer collaboration, teens gain the skills and confidence they need to become creators, and not just consumers of technology.
In addition to its annual Ted Rogers Community Grants, Rogers helps young leaders through the Ted Rogers Scholarship Fund, a program that provides educational opportunities to the brightest young leaders across the country. Earlier this year, over 150 scholarships were awarded to deserving youth across Canada.