Hood Code is a free coding program for youth in New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) public housing. Since beginning in July 2019, Hood Code has successfully run four cycles, teaching over 45 kids ages 8 – 14 how to code. 

Participants meet twice weekly every Tuesday and Thursday to learn coding by creating interactive games on personal laptops with the assistance of trained facilitators. By holding classes in NYCHA community centers, Hood Code brings coding education directly to youth in a safe afterschool environment. 

Jason Gibson, a lifelong NYCHA resident, founded Hood Code to close the opportunity gap he experienced first-hand. By providing children in public housing access to free after-school coding courses, he aims to subvert the school-to-prison pipeline and empower young Black and Latino youth to positively impact their communities.

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Hood Code is a free coding program for youth in New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) public housing. Since beginning in July 2019, Hood Code has successfully run four cycles, teaching over 45 kids ages 8 – 14 how to code. 

Participants meet twice weekly every Tuesday and Thursday to learn coding by creating interactive games on personal laptops with the assistance of trained facilitators. By holding classes in NYCHA community centers, Hood Code brings coding education directly to youth in a safe afterschool environment. 

Jason Gibson, a lifelong NYCHA resident, founded Hood Code to close the opportunity gap he experienced first-hand. By providing children in public housing access to free after-school coding courses, he aims to subvert the school-to-prison pipeline and empower young Black and Latino youth to positively impact their communities.