Volunteers Unite to Introduce Jersey City Young Adults to Coding

By CIOReview | Monday, August 17, 2015
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JERSEY CITY, NJ: NPower and its skills - based volunteering program, The  Community Corps, is teaming up with Teaneck, NJ - based technology and services firm Cognizant  and Jersey City Mayor Fulop’s JC Summer Works youth employment initiative to introduce young people to coding.

Taking place tomorrow, the aim of the “Introduction to Coding” Saturday Jump Start Program is to expand horizons for approximately 30 Jersey City teens by providing them with a unique opportunity to learn about coding while networking with professionals and peers. Guided by approximately 30 volunteer mentors from Cognizant, a Fortune 500 company, the young adults will learn the fundamentals of working with HTML, gaining fundamental skills in one of the primary coding languages of the web, as they build a website of their own.

“We believe that youth from diverse backgrounds can build tech skills and brighter futures for themselves, their families and their communities,” said Stephanie Cuskley, Chief Executive Officer of NPower. “Part of that is ensuring that programs like Saturday Jump Start have access to effective curriculum and exposure to real world professionals  to see that they can do it too. Tech careers are within their reach. NPower is thrilled to partner with Cognizant and Mayor Fulop to introduce Jersey City’s youth to the coding skills that we hope will be the first step toward a rewarding career in technology.”

“The technologies driving global business today are constantly evolving and prompting businesses to seek out employees who can offer specialized skills like coding expertise ,” said Steven Schwartz, EVP , Chief Legal and Corporate Affairs Officer at Cognizant. “The Saturday Jump Start Program is a great way for Cognizant employees to share their knowledge with students and give back to our community. The skills these young adults are learning are vital to our nation’s businesses and their ability to drive innovation and successfully compete in the global digital economy.”

“The City is excited to collaborate with NPower for its first ever ‘Introduction to Coding’ Saturday Jump Start session,” said Mayor Steven Fulop. “NPower is a real asset to Jersey City’s youth, and the coding skills that NPower will provide through this program, as well as the technology training and internship programs it will launch in the fall, are key to helping Jersey City youth fulfill their potential through careers in Jersey City’s rising tech sector.”