Canada Learning Code believes digital literacy are key tools of empowerment for everyone. It has become increasingly vital for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to learn the core language of the digital world. Many people, in particular women and girls, are left behind with few resources to turn to. Canada Learning Code caters to everyone, offering classes to computer beginners as well as programming basics to not only adults but to youth as well. They keep classes small (most are 4:1) so mentors can provide individual attention to learners as well as ensure an intimate, social and collaborative environment.
It aims to remove barriers which have traditionally kept people out of the tech industry by offering pay-what-you-can for all classes, providing laptops, ensuring accessibility to all, and creating a safe space for all identities.
Intrigued? Here’s the </br> down on Canada Learning Code and how you can get involved.
What is Canada Learning Code?
Canada Learning Code is Canada’s leading national charity championing digital literacy education. Placing special emphasis on women, girls, people with disabilities, Indigenous youth and newcomers, Canada Learning Code is proud to work from coast to coast to make sure all Canadians have access to the knowledge they need to prosper in our digital world.
Originally founded as Ladies Learning Code in 2011, the organization has evolved to run programming for adults, youth and educators through programs Ladies, Girls, Kids, Teens and Teachers Learning Code. Today, Canada Learning Code operates in over 35 communities across the country, driving results through program design and delivery, strategic industry and public partnerships, research and advocacy. To date, the organization has reached over 250,000 learners through an in-person experience.
What drives Canada Learning Code’s success?
We are so grateful to our sponsors and volunteers across Canada who lead our workshops, empowering more Canadians to be able to build and not just consume technology. Their diverse perspectives will help advance technology and build a more inclusive Canada.
Tell us about what it’s like working in Toronto Entertainment District!
The Toronto Entertainment District has been our home for over 5 years. We love the energy of the area, its accessibility by transit from all over the GTA and that it’s home to so many tech companies that we collaborate with regularly.
We love the open space and natural lighting of our 129 Spadina Ave. office. Not to mention, it’s also super close to tons of delicious restaurants. But, it’s more than just our headquarters. We also run workshops, camps, courses, meetups and more for all age groups! We like to think of our office as a safe and collaborative space for everyone.
What are some of your team’s fave spots to hang out at in the district?
We’re a team of self-proclaimed foodies. We enjoy a good, wholesome sit-down meal but we’ll also walk around the district on mini food tours and create our own DIY experience. Our favourites are PAI and Fresh on Spadina!
Tell us about the organization’s impact on the community and something your team is super proud of.
Since our inception, we’ve had 260,000+ learners attend our programs! We’re proud to celebrate diversity at every level of our organization. We know representation matters and we’re delighted to have such a wide range of backgrounds; from our headquarters right through to participants.
Are there any upcoming events or initiatives in the Toronto Entertainment District Canada Learning Code is part of?
Yes! We’re wrapping up our Ladies Learning Code: Digital Skills For Beginners course early June and diving right into summer with camps for our Girls Learning Code and Teens Learning Code programs. We’re also excited to be running workshops throughout June and July.
How can the Toronto Entertainment District community get involved?
We’re really grateful for the companies, organizations, and people who appreciate what we’re doing and go out of their way to support us. Being a volunteer mentor is a great way to give back to grow the community. More information on all of our opportunities to volunteer at canadalearningcode.ca/volunteer
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