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Posted by AT&T Pennsylvania Team on September 30, 2016.

$17,500 Contribution Unveiled at Group’s Anniversary Celebration

Philadelphia, PA — Coded by Kids today announced plans to triple the number of students served thanks, in part, to a $17,500 contribution from AT&T.

Founded in 2013 by CEO Sylvester Mobley, a Germantown native, Iraq War veteran and experienced software developer, Coded by Kids is Philadelphia’s leading program for giving students a foundation in software programming.

The goal of Coded by Kids is to make sure every child has access to tech education, regardless of their income bracket or where they live. Leveraging existing city infrastructure, including rec centers, schools and community organizations, Coded by Kids provides local students with free education programs that prepare them for a future in the innovation economy. This system makes technology education as accessible and ubiquitous as youth sports.

“With generous support from AT&T, we will be able to expand to two additional rec centers before the year’s end, providing high quality coding programs to another 60 students each week,” said Mobley. “This expansion will help us give more Philly students the coding skills that will be necessary for the jobs of the future.”

AT&T’s Joseph Divis; Sylvester Mobley, Coded by Kids; Councilman David Oh; Maggie Deptola, Coded by Kids; and Bruce Marable, Coded by Kids, announce contribution from AT&T to Coded by Kids.
AT&T’s Joseph Divis; Sylvester Mobley, Coded by Kids; Councilman David Oh; Maggie Deptola, Coded by Kids; and Bruce Marable, Coded by Kids, announce contribution from AT&T to Coded by Kids.  Councilman Oh also presented Coded by Kids with a Council resolution celebrating the organization’s third birthday.

Currently, Coded by Kids offers instruction at the Marian B. Anderson Recreation Center; with the AT&T support Coded by Kids plans to expand to the Cecil B. Moore and Dorothy Emanuel Recreation Centers.

“Education is a great equalizer for opportunity,” said Philadelphia City Council President Darrell L. Clarke who represents the Fifth District where the Cecil B. Moore Rec Center is located. “The work being done by Coded by Kids and supported by AT&T will give our students access to STEM skills and important mentoring that encourages their future success.” 

"Expanding this wonderful program provides yet another tool to help level the playing field so that more of our young people have access to high-quality STEM education. We are thrilled to welcome Coded by Kids to the 9th Council District. Mr. Mobley and AT&T are to be commended," Councilwoman Cherelle Parker, 9th District said. 

Joseph Divis, AT&T’s executive director for External Affairs in Pennsylvania, said the contribution will help give more students a competitive edge.

“At AT&T, we want to do what we can to inspire students to stay in school and prepare for jobs and opportunities in the tech sector,” Divis said. “Sylvester and the team at Coded by Kids are giving the kids they serve a competitive edge, and we’re excited to team up with them to prepare Philadelphia’s future business and tech leaders.”

Divis said the program is aligned with AT&T Aspire, AT&T’s signature philanthropic initiative that drives innovation in education by bringing diverse resources to bear on the issue including funding, technology, employee volunteerism, and mentoring.

Mobley said Coded by Kids also is launching a crowdfunding campaign to fund an additional 12 afterschool coding classes at nonprofit offices and schools across the city. With these 14 new classes, Coded by Kids will be educating 300 students weekly across the city, making it Philadelphia’s largest youth coding program. To learn more about the campaign, visit http://igg.me/at/cbk300.

Follow @codedbykids on Twitter for updates on the campaign. Follow @connecttogood on Twitter to learn more about AT&T’s support for education and other programs nationwide.

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About Coded by Kids: Founded in 2013 by Sylvester Mobley, Coded by Kids is committed to providing free tech education, tech industry exposure and career mentorship to children who lack access to these opportunities. Our programs are designed to help our students achieve success by providing them with a combination of real world tech skills and access to a support system of mentors with experience in the tech industry. Mobley started Coded by Kids with one student in his first class, but made a commitment to keep coming back as long as that student kept coming. Word spread at the rec center, and the organization, as of September 2016, now serves up to 100 students every week, at no cost to the students. 

Keywords: AT&T Pennsylvania, Coded by Kids, Councilman David Oh, Joseph Divis
 
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