Bay Area Tech Programs

If you would like your program to be listed, please send an email to info@yeswecode.org.
Programs should: (1) Be registered as a 501 (c)(3) or have fiscal sponsor; (2) Demonstrate STEM or tech curriculum that is aligned with Common Core standards as well as K-12 standards of the Computer Science Teachers’ Association; (3) Have been in operation for a minimum of one year.

First Mile: Introductory Programs

BLACK GIRLS CODEThrough community outreach programs such as workshops and afterschool programs, Black Girls Code introduces underprivileged girls to basic programming skills in languages like Scratch and Ruby on Rails. Their goal is to increase the number of women of color in the digital space by empowering girls of color ages 7-17 to become innovators in STEM fields, leaders in their communities, and builders of their own futures through exposure to computer science and technology. They do Summer of CODE workshops in seven cities currently.Ages: Girls, 7-17Location: Oakland, CACost: FREE
CODE.ORGCode.org is a non-profit organization and eponymous website led by brothers Hadi and Ali Partovi that aims to encourage people, particularly school students in the United States, to learn computer science.

Code.org features coding games, learning exercises and educational resources for all ages.
Ages: AllOnlineCost: FREE
CODECADEMYCodecademy is an online interactive platform that offers free coding classes in 8 different programming languages including Python, PHP, jQuery, JavaScript, AngularJS, and Ruby, as well as markup languages HTML and CSS.Ages: AllOnlineCost: FREE
CODENOWCodeNow is a nonprofit that teaches foundational skills in computer programming to underserved high school students. They partner with community organizations to hold free, extracurricular, off-campus trainings for high school students.Ages: Middle school studentsLocation: San Francisco, CACost: FREE
DAVID E. GLOVER EDUCATION & TECHNOLOGY CENTERThe DEG Program is an after-school, community-based learning program that enables youth in underserved areas to access cutting-edge technology and become self-confident, creative and motivated learners.Ages: 12-18Location: Oakland, CACost: FREE
FREE CODE CAMPFree Code Camp helps people build job-worthy portfolios of real apps used by real people, while helping nonprofits.

The 1,600-hour full stack JavaScript curriculum is completely self-paced, browser-based, and free.

Free Code Camp serves people who are traditionally underserved in the coding community: 80% of students are 25 or older, and nearly a fifth are women.
Ages: AllOnlineCost: FREE
GAMEHEADS OAKLANDOur year-long program combines video game design and development, education and career counseling, industry exposure, and hands-on training. We train participants on how to create, code and design games, building skills across specific fields necessary to thrive in technology, from coding to visual art, creative writing, design thinking, project management, team building, animation and game theory. Learn more about our exciting program offerings.Ages: 16-24Location: Oakland, CACost: FREE
GIRL DEVELOP ITGirl Develop It is an international organization that provides affordable and accessible programs to women who want to learn software development through mentorship and hands-on instruction.Ages: 18+Location: San Francisco, CA
Cost: Varies
GIRLS TO WOMENGirls To Women serves 80 school-aged girls and their families a year. Cultural diversity includes 60 percent Latinas, 30 percent African-Americans, and 10 percent Pacific Islanders. All reside and/or have parents working in Southern San Mateo County's independent township of East Palo Alto.

School Year Program: Every weekday afternoon during the school year we offer a comprehensive program that includes academic support; gardening & nature; sports & fitness; arts; health awareness; social & cultural skills-building; and leadership development.

Summer Session: Our six-week summer session emphasizes fun and various outdoor activities, but we continue to embed literacy and problem solving into the program. Our Annual Margaret Wright Wellness 5K Run/Walk honors the memory of a much-loved benefactor of Peninsula youth, while building awareness of the health benefits and sheer fun to be had through physical fitness.
Ages: Girls, all agesLocation: East Palo Alto, CACost: Sliding scale
HACKAWAYHackaway is after-school sports for technology. Hackaway provides affordable mentorship and instruction in basic electronics hacking and programming skills to middle and high school students. Hackaway seeks to provide FREE opportunities for students from demographic groups that are currently underrepresented in math/science achievement, engineering majors, technical fields, and the growing startup culture.
Ages: Middle and high school studentsLocation: San Francisco, CACost: FREE
HACK THE HOOD Hack the Hood Hack the Hood is an award-winning non-profit that introduces low-income youth of color to careers in tech by hiring and training them to build websites for real small businesses in their own communities. During workshops and 6-week "Boot Camps," young people gain valuable hands-on experience building mobile-friendly websites, executing search engine optimization, and helping businesses get listed in local online directories.


In addition to relevant technical skills, youth also learn critical leadership, entrepreneurship, and life skills under the guidance of staff members and volunteer mentors who are professionals working in the field.
Ages: 17-28Location: Oakland, CACost: FREE
THE HIDDEN GENIUS PROJECTThe Hidden Genius Project provides black male youth in Oakland with the knowledge, skills, mentors, and experiences to obtain and create technological jobs in this new, global 21st century economy. HGP provides an intensive eight-week summer program in Software Engineering, User Experience Design and Technology Entrepreneurship. There are also weekly learning sessions in the fall and spring.Ages: High school studentsLocation: Oakland, CACost: FREE
LEVEL PLAYING FIELD INSTITUTEThe Level Playing Field Institute is committed to eliminating the barriers faced by underrepresented people of color in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and fostering their untapped talent for the advancement of our nation. To improve access, opportunity, and equity in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, the Level Playing Field Institute operates two STEM-focused Education Programs, conducts Research on STEM Equity, and recently launched a Computer Science Initiative.Ages: High school studentsLocation: Oakland, CACost: FREE
QEYNO LABSQeyno Labs puts on Hackathons for social justice to transform children's lives and give them the power to transform their worlds through social innovation, education, and technology.Ages: All agesLocation: Oakland, CACost: FREE
MISSION BITMission Bit is a nonprofit that offers FREE programming classes taught by experienced engineers and entrepreneurs to San Francisco public school students.

We provide everything the students need, they just need to show up and be eager to learn. No prior experience required. We give students the opportunity to learn directly from successful engineers and entrepreneurs who enjoy sharing knowledge and want to give back to the community. We're focused on project based learning and aim to teach both core computer science concepts as well as the practical skills and technologies that are required to build web sites and applications today. We partner with the public school system, Out of Site, and Jamestown Community Center to provide elective credit to students that counts towards their graduation.
Ages: High school studentsLocation: San Francisco, CACost: FREE
STREETCODE ACADEMYStreetCode Academy aims to connect academically-disengaged SUHSD students from the East Palo Alto and Bell Haven Neighborhoods to the high-tech industries of the Silicon Valley. We achieve these outcomes with an integrated combination of CS and high tech classes, character and professional development and a community-based hacker space that brings together industry professionals with StreetCoders.

This year we will introduce over 100 young people to both the technical training and industry partners that will position them to access the local tech economy.
Ages: High school studentsLocation: East Palo Alto, CACost: FREE
UDACITYUdacity collaborates with Silicon Valley innovators like Google and Facebook to develop online, project-based training that prepares students for a job they love. These companies know their hiring needs. They invent and use new technologies so they know what skills matter better than anyone. With Udacity Nanodegrees, students can become mobile developers, web developers, and data scientists within months.Ages: AllLocation: OnlineCost: FREE for individual course content. Varies for Nanodegrees.
YOUTH RADIO'S INNOVATION LABLaunched in 2013, the Innovation Lab leverages Youth Radio's top-flight journalism and our track record as one of the first programs worldwide to teach teens mobile app development. Before the Innovation Lab, our newsroom and app-development efforts operated as separate programs.

With the Innovation Lab, we are collaborating! In partnership with in-house mentors and colleagues at MIT Media Lab's Center for Mobile Learning, young people integrate journalism and programming to design dynamic new storytelling tools and platforms. Young people have worked and learned with professional designers and developers from Stanford University, Mozilla, Smule, Apple, Google, MIT, Ask.com, UC Berkeley, StarMakerStudios, and many other hotbeds for digital ingenuity and imagination. Innovation Lab = Data-Driven Journalism x Youth-Made Apps!
Ages: High school studentsLocation: Oakland, CACost: FREE, with opportunities for being paid


Middle Mile: Job-training Programs

DAVID E. GLOVER EDUCATION & TECHNOLOGY CENTERThe center is currently offering an 8-week course designed to help beginners with the basics of computer navigation,
as well as the relevant terminology. Students will learn the use of the Microsoft Windows operating system, the basic components of MS Word 2007, and how to browse the Internet and use email.
Ages: 18+Location: Oakland, CACost: FREE
GAMEHEADS OAKLANDOur year-long program combines video game design and development, education and career counseling, industry exposure, and hands-on training. We train participants on how to create, code and design games, building skills across specific fields necessary to thrive in technology, from coding to visual art, creative writing, design thinking, project management, team building, animation and game theory. Learn more about our exciting program offerings.Ages: 16-24Location: Oakland, CACost: FREE
TELEGRAPH ACADEMYTelegraph Academy is a Software Engineering accelerator that’ll take your passion for programming and turn it into a profession. We strive to make sure you have the support you need to succeed before, during, and after the course. Our Curriculum is built in partnership with Hack Reactor, the leading software engineering school in the San Francisco Bay Area. Over the first 6 weeks you’ll be introduced to industry leading technologies, concepts, and practices to prepare you with the skills to succeed in the current job market.Ages: 18+Location: Oakland, CACost: Varies
STRIDE CENTERAs an innovative social enterprise, The Stride Center's mission is to empower men and women facing barriers to employment to achieve economic self-sufficiency. We provide a comprehensive career development program that includes job skills training, credentials, career coaching, work experience, and job placement assistance.

The Stride Center training courses are helping people start with jobs in the ICT (Information Communications Technology) industry. We offer three course levels as follows:

- Foundational preparation: CLB-IC3 Computer Literacy Basics
- Intermediate: A+ Certification Preparation
- Advanced: Network+, Security+, CCNA, MCSA (Microsoft Certified Systems Associate) and Coding 99
Ages: 18+Location: Oakland, CACost: Varies
UDACITYUdacity collaborates with Silicon Valley innovators like Google and Facebook to develop online, project-based training that prepares students for a job they love. These companies know their hiring needs. They invent and use new technologies so they know what skills matter better than anyone. With Udacity Nanodegrees, students can become mobile developers, web developers, and data scientists within months.Ages: AllLocation: OnlineCost: FREE for individual course content. Varies for Nanodegrees.
#YESWECODE CODING CORPSThe #YesWeCode Coding Corps is a pilot apprenticeship program which will train participants to become software engineers in 9 to 12 months.

The program features three phases:
- Learn the basics of coding and software creation
- Participate in in-depth coursework to gain expert skills
- Enroll in a PAID apprenticeship at a tech company

Through this training and support, we expect students will be able to leverage their apprenticeships into full-time employment opportunities. The average entry-level salary in the Bay Area for software engineers is $57,000 - $90,000!
Ages: 18-28Location: Oakland, CACost: FREE


Last Mile: Job-placement Programs

CODE2040CODE2040 is a non-profit organization that brings high performing Black and Latino computer engineering students to Silicon Valley for a comprehensive summer fellowship program which consists of an internship with a top startup, mentoring, a speaker series, company visits, interactive workshops, executive coaching, and more.Applicants: college students, 18+Location: San Francisco, CACompensation: Fellows are paid competitive wages directly from the company with which they are matched over the course of the summer.
JOPWELLJopwell helps minority candidates connect with the most sought after companies in the country.

The service is already being used by companies committed to diversity initiatives, including Abercrombie & Fitch, AppNexus, Facebook, MasterCard, McKesson, and McKinsey & Company, in addition to several large healthcare and financial firms.
Applicants: professional workforce canddiatesOnline