Coding in Colour offers BIPOC students exciting after-school opportunities to learn about technology in a personalized fashion, helps train and introduce teachers to technology and offers a week long event dedicated to BIPOC Canadians where both students and teachers can practically work on solutions to pressing issues.
The goal of Coding in Colour is to dramatically increase the number of BIPOC high school and elementary students who engage with, enter and excel in STEM at no cost to participants.
By training teachers and providing BIPOC youth training opportunities, students are given a chance to begin professional development from an early age. We believe it is essential that everyone has equal access to digital technologies and learning, regardless of background.
According to a report released by Statistics Canada in 2020, 40% of jobs in Canada can be automated using technologies that are available today. Hundreds of thousands of jobs are at risk of automation within the next 10-20 years.
Workers whose highest level of education is a high-school diploma or less were at highest risk, with a 60% chance of losing their jobs to automation.
According Census data from 2016, the median income among Indigenous peoples and Immigrants in Canada was $35,000 for each group, indicating that a large percentage (over 50%) of BIPOC workers are working in jobs that are at risk of automation.
Meet the Coding In Colour Team
Coding In Colour:
Our Theory of Change
The pandemic has shined a harsh light on what was already a widening skills gap across Canada – a gap that will need to be closed with even greater urgency to accelerate economic recovery. This longer-term disconnect between supply and demand for skills in the labor market appears to be driven by three primary long-term factors:
the rapid emergence of AI-powered technologies that are propelling a new era of automation;
the growing need for technological acumen to compete in a changing commercial landscape;
barriers to BIPOC youth involvement in tech over the past two decades.
Navigating these challenges to close the skills gap will require a renewed partnership between stakeholders across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Coding in Colour takes an intersectoral partnership approach that aims to engage over 600,000 students and 20,000 teachers over 3 years.
The program’s three primary components include Teacher training, student learning and an annual Coding in Colour Week that brings students and teachers together to engage with STEM and learn from each other in an exciting and inclusive environment.