As part of its Community Education Initiative, Apple says it will partner with Oakland, California-based non-profit organization Dream Corps to bring educational and workforce development opportunities to young adults with a goal of career placement in the tech sector.
The partnership will build on the success of Dream Corps’ #YesWeCode Initiative, which aims “to help 100,000 young women and men from underrepresented backgrounds find success in the tech sector.” #YesWeCode has already graduated approximately 100 people and has placed 60% of them in new tech jobs.
Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, says Apple will provide technology as well as professional support, curriculum guidance and advocacy to individuals in middle and high school, college and beyond. Participants will be exposed to a number of skills and tools to enhance career prospects, with an emphasis on coding with Swift.
Apple and Dream Corps’ coding programming is set to launch later this year in the Bay Area. Dream Corps is working with the Mayor's Office and the City of Oakland to identify and assess potential locations for a dedicated space to support this program and other related workforce development and social entrepreneurship efforts.