Youth Coding Initiative


Creativity and usefulness shine in apps made by high school girls.

Unlocking the career code.

High school student Geraldine Agredo is on the path to becoming a computer scientist thanks to Girls Who Code, an Adobe Youth Coding Initiative partner.

The need for diversity
As our lives continue to be influenced by technology, the need for programmers is critical. By 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor predicts that 1.4 million jobs will be created in computing related fields, but U.S. graduates are only on pace to filling 29% of them. A recent study by the National Science Foundation tells us that 64% of the science and engineering workforce in the United States is made up of white or Asian males; 27% are white, Hispanic or black females; and 7% are black or Hispanic males.
Highlighting computer science as a career choice
Adobe is focused on diversifying the talent pool by highlighting the creative and collaborative aspects of computer science to female and minority youth. Through our partnerships, we amplify the excitement of creating a software program that finds a new or better way of doing something. Our goal is to connect with youth who never thought of themselves as computer scientists, and open their minds to the possibilities of this career choice. 

Building the industry pipeline.
Adobe and the Adobe Foundation are working to diversify the tech industry through our Youth Coding Initiative, GenHERation sponsorship, and other strategic investments. We began partnering with Girls Who Code in 2013, and we've grown our commitment to now sponsor five sites and five employee instructors in the organization's alumnae and summer immersion programs. We also partner with nonprofits including Black Girls Code, CodeNow, Urban Arts Partnership, Technovation, and in 2015 added three new partners, ChickTech, City Year and Code as a Second Language to further drive global impact.

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