In the past several weeks, we bore witness to not only the disproportionate rates of COVID-19 deaths in Black and Brown communities, but also to the murders of innocent Black men and women in America. The lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, and many others are being remembered through cries for justice by millions across America, but we must ask the essential question: How many Black lives cut short will it take before our humanity is recognized?
When #BLM is no longer trending, the G|Code team will still be fighting for equity and justice, striving to dismantle the racism entrenched in our communities, and bringing about the systemic change required for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color to thrive.
G|CODE is a Boston-based innovative non-profit addressing the structural inequities that disproportionately impact communities of color. These include disparities in access to stable housing, as well as wealth and opportunity gaps. By providing a stable home, quality technical education, intentional community, and professional development resources, we strive to launch Black and Brown young women into the tech industry as disruptive change makers.
G|CODE HOUSE is a proposed pilot program designed for Black and Brown women between the ages of 18-25 who would benefit from free housing and are ready to commit to intensive technical training in a supportive community setting. Especially during this enduring period of quarantine, it is essential that we create space to control the spread of COVID-19 while allowing for uninterrupted learning.
The program includes:
9 MONTHS OF IN-CLASS TRAINING
6 MONTHS OF AN INTERNSHIP/CO-OP
9 MONTHS OF SPECIALTY TRAINING (E.G. CYBER SECURITY)
TECHNOLOGY INSTRUCTION AND SKILLS
MENTORSHIP AND PERSONAL SUPPORT IN A SAFE, FOCUSED HOME
G|CODE is asking for your support to contribute to the development of the existing property at 43 Hutchings Street in Roxbury, MA that is to become the G|Code House. While the structure of the house is in stable condition, repairs, restorations, and renovations are needed to create a suitable co-living and co-learning space. With your support, G|Code hopes to welcome its first cohort into the house in 2020. Participants will abide by state and local guidelines - living, learning and working in the house together in quaruntine.
Photos courtesy of Sasaki and Corban Swain.