NY’s ScriptED is bringing diversity to tech through education

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Intern, Turn, Turn

Want to get confused, annoyed, and motivated all at once? Consider the following – despite the explosive growth in the tech industry in recent years, high school offerings in computer science have declined 17% since 2005. In the U.S., only one in ten high schools even offers CS classes at all.

ScriptED is a non-profit organization that brings software developers to low-income and under-resourced high schools in New York, where they teach a course in coding and web development.

And this summer, their six-week internship program will bring those qualified students to NYC-based startups like Contently, ThoughtWorks, and Thrillist Media Group. ScriptED is looking to place five times as many students as they did in last year’s program – that means they need your help.

Founded in 2012, the organization has grown rapidly – after serving 27 students in year one, ScriptED anticipates educating 600 high school students this year.

As legendary New York VC Fred Wilson wrote about ScriptED, “Companies can try to solve for their own tech talent shortage by stepping up recruiting efforts… but that is not a long-term solution. Expansion of the tech talent pipeline – attracting young women and young students of color to the study of STEM and careers in tech – must be a part of the solution.”

If you’re interested in getting involved with ScriptED, they’re holding an information session on March 4th. Get all the details and RSVP here.

Now go forth (and help a kid out).