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Academy teaches young males computer coding skills


Applications for the Summer Coding Leadership Academy (SCLA) are open. The deadline to apply is March 9 by 5 p.m.

SCLA is an intensive 12-week computer science and entrepreneurship program for low-income young men of color between grades eight and 12. Called the “Navy Seals” of tech training in Los Angeles, SCLA participants, will have 12 weeks to build a tech start-up business and create a product that solves a problem in their community. The young men in the program become more than coders: they are leaders and entrepreneurs who learn to overcome any obstacle. At the end of the summer, coders could win $4,000 for their start-up and a tour of Silicon Valley’s colleges and top tech companies.

By the end of the summer coders will also: build web and mobile apps; learn about computer science and entrepreneurship; network with tech professionals; develop resilience, grit, and confidence; and make life-long connections.

Teachers, educators and community members who know young men of color between the 8th and 11th grades, should encourage them to apply online at

In addition, TXT is seeking fellows, and the successful candidate can-based on his/her performance in the three-month commitment, you will receive a maximum stipend of $800, and will be able to network with professionals from top tech companies.

Email your cover letter and resume to Michael B. Morales at or submit it through the TXT website: