ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Microsoft YouthSpark awarded a $300,000 grant to New Mexico’s Cultivating Coders program to help finance a summer boot camp for high school students in Albuquerque.
Cultivating Coders, which offers intensive eight-week training workshops for aspiring web and software developers, is launching a series of summer programs this year for youths around the state to teach them coding skills they can share with their peers in new after-school coding clubs, said founder and president Charles Ashley III.
Microsoft YouthSpark is a global initiative launched three years ago to help more young people learn computer science. YouthSpark managers focus on extending technology and computer skills to underserved communities, a goal Cultivating Coders shares as part of its guiding principles.
The Albuquerque-based company, which began in December 2015, offers mobile boot camps to reach people in rural places and targeted urban areas.
“We’re still a young company, but our goals align with Microsoft,” Ashley said.