Google Opens 'Code Next' Lab For Black And Latino Youth

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The tech giant is aiming to foster the next generation of leaders in technology by increasing learning opportunities for students of color.

Google is spearheading yet another initiative aimed towards encouraging young people of color to pursue careers in tech.

Launched earlier this week by the multimedia giant, the Code Next program was established in an effort to combat recent Google statistics citing that 51 percent of Black students and 47 percent of Latino students lack access to computer science classes in their schools.

Stressing the importance of students being given adequate learning tools to broaden their knowledge of technology in today's constantly evolving tech environment, Code Next will provide enriching curriculum that serves to connect computer science to the students' daily lives. 

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The ultimate goal of the initiative is to build a diverse group of future leaders in tech and computer science.

The program is funded entirely by Google and free of charge for all participants. The first Code Next lab opened on Wednesday in Oakland, CA, with a second location to make a 2017 debut in Harlem, NY.

For more information about the program, you can visit the Google blog here.

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