Our non-profit organization, The C.O.D.E. Initiative was founded to Create Opportunities and Define Education. Our mission is to provide opportunities for and open doors to youth who may struggle in traditional educational settings by offering them a supplemental experience.
Our main focus is helping children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other differently-abled youth find a passion and an interest in coding. By sparking this passion, we hope to introduce them to a highly sought after skill in today’s job market and bring them a step closer to independence. Often, differently-abled children struggle to succeed in traditional school systems because most public institutions lack the resources to provide a one-to-one teacher-to-student ratio that many students need. Through our initiative, we aim to motivate kids on the autism spectrum as well as other differently-abled youth to pursue post-secondary opportunities by introducing them to an environment that highlights their abilities rather than dwells on aspects of school that they may struggle with.
We have recently opened up our workshops to all children/youth to give everyone access to low-cost coding workshops. We give priority to differently-abled youth but we wanted to offer everyone this supplemental learning experience.
We offer a 1:1 student to teacher ratio to accommodate all students with a variety of needs. We are deeply devoted to finding, celebrating, and scaling the strengths of all children, and enabling them with the appropriate tools to build on those strengths!
Vice-President Marketing and Communications
Hussein Hatim El Afifi
We are now offering our Advance-2 coding workshops. Advance-2 builds on Advance-1 by focusing more heavily on a text-based language, Python, as well as more in depth computing concepts.
These advanced sessions are either for students already familiar with SCRATCH/coding or students that have taken the beginners C.O.D.E. course & Advance-1.
Utown@UBC Community Grant
We are extremely grateful to have received the Utown@UBC Community Grant. We would like to thank the committee members, as well as everyone involved in this grant. With the help of this grant, we cannot wait to host more workshops at the University Neighbourhood Association (UNA) located at University of British Columbia (UBC).
We acknowledge that we are on the on unceded territory of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh, Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh