‘Coded by Kids’ gets big boost to expand its after-school high-tech training program

Mark Abrams
February 16, 2019 - 4:00 am

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) - An after-school program that promotes diversity in exposing young people to computers and high-tech will be able to expand its operations thanks to a recent foundation grant.

It's called "Coded by Kids" and it's the brainchild of Sylvester Mobley.

The program teaches tech education - coding and computers - to young people in the Marian Anderson Recreation Center, in West Philadelphia.

Mobley says there are three levels of training.

"At the exposure level we say we want every young person to have equal access to high-quality tech education and have the ability to be exposed to what the possibilities are," he said.

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Mobley says a $250,000 grant from the Koppelman Foundation will open the door to expansion to another recreation center.

He says he'll be able to hire more staff and bring in equipment to help students who enroll in the program go to the next level, and possibly prepare for a career.

"Young people that want to move on from our exposure programs are then able to make a deeper commitment and move into our skill development and then into our professional exposure program," he said.

Mobley says he's hoping to identify the second recreation center location by the spring.

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