Generation Code addresses the lack of skills in computer science in young people, empowering them to become digital creators in an ever-changing global society. In partnership with Microsoft, UK Youth are developing the skills of youth workers and building the capacity of the youth sector to deliver informal coding activities to young people. Code Champions aged 16-25 are skilled-up and inspired to take the lead on delivering coding sessions to young people aged 11 – 19 in their area.
Code Champions can create their own coding programme, relevant to the interests of the young people in their community, whether that be sport, fashion or music. The programme has received a generous donation of 5000 BBC Micro: bits, enabling participants to get creative with code and showing over 14,000 young people aged 11-19 across the UK that anyone can code and have fun at the same time.
Young people from Greater Manchester Youth Network attending a Generation Code Inspiration Day
UK Youth have worked with tech experts Tablet Academy, and co-created with young people to create a curriculum which is designed around young people’s interests and can be delivered in informal spaces such as youth clubs; to help bring coding to life for those who wouldn’t normally engage. The curriculum brings together offline and online activities, allowing young people to get creative and have fun whilst developing their computational thinking skills and becoming better equipped to take advantage of the opportunities in a world that is becoming digital-by-default. Using this platform, young people create their own individual profiles to access the curriculum activities; they can be supported by a Code Champion in their Hub or do their own independent activities at home.
Contact Rachel Toogood, Generation Code Project Manager on [email protected] to find out more about delivering or supporting this programme.