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Where coding meets social change-makers!

  • 6-week coding program
  • For teenagers ages 15-18
  • Paid Internship opportunity upon completion
  • Mentors and guest speakers
  • Interactive and fun learning environment
  • Focus on Web Development and Python
  • Fully remote and virtual!
  • Application deadline May 1st

Be part of the first Gerdau Coding Lab class and help real-world engineers with their projects! 

4-week paid internship with Gerdau’s technology team!

Practice your coding skills in an exciting group setting!

Only 4% of computing degrees are awarded to women of color, and the statistic is getting lower. (*per a McKinsey study)

Demand for advanced IT and programming skills will grow by as much as 90 percent over the next 15 years. (*per a McKinsey study)

Business leaders across sectors are already reporting an expected tech skills shortage in their companies within the next three years. (*per a McKinsey study)

BIWOC (Black, Indigenous, Hispanic and Latinx women) collectively make up 4.87% of the STEM workforce. (source)

Fundamentals of Web Development

  • Creating Your First Webpage
  • Attributes and Selectors
  • Text Formatting
  • Introduction to Javascript
  • Mid-Term Project – Create a website with an interactable music band Colors
  • DOM Manipulation
  • jQuery Animations
  • Videos

Intro to Python

  • Introduction to Programming
  • Data and Functions – Using Variables
  • Data and Functions – Using Functions
  • Making Decisions
  • Loops: While, For
  • Lists
  • Logical Operators
  • Dictionary
  • Tuples
  • Reading from File

Web Development 2.0: User Interface

  • Introduction to UI
  • Form Validation
  • Flexbox
  • Timing Functions
  • Using the Keyboard
  • Media Queries
  • Teenagers ages 15-18
  • Beginner and intermediate coders
  • Changemakers
  • Teens who want a head start on their careers


  • Be prepared for the careers of the future
  • Get a head start on your college applications 
  • Grow your online brand 
  • Meet like-minded teens and mentors
  • Gain real-world experience through an internship
  • 6 weeks
  • Twice-weekly 1 hour classes
  • 24/7 Coding Platform Access
  • Complimentary Office Hours
  • Weekly Progress Updates
  • 1 x 1 Instructor Communication
  • Video Recordings
  • Online Student Community
  • Complete Documentation
  • Certification
  • 1 x 1 mentoring with industry professionals
  • Paid Internship opportunity

June 6th- July 15th 2022



Coding for a Change is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing coding opportunities to underprivileged teenagers combined with real-world experience.

Geographic Reach: 56 countries 

Number of applicants: 320

Total graduates: 27

Ethnicities: 177 total, self-identified

Geographic Reach: 26 countries 

Number of applicants: 104 

Total graduates: 25

Total number of mentors: 18 

Ethnicities: 12+

The purpose of Coding for a Change is to provide low-income high-school students from minority backgrounds with a free opportunity to learn basic web development skills and be introduced to the world of computer science. The program is designed to merge social activism with technology and allow students to promote the causes that matter most to them. Through a combination of guest speakers, mentorship, and professional development students are empowered to explore careers in STEM and bring about social change.

Our mission is to empower the youth to create change through technology.

Our vision is a world where every child has equal opportunity to make an impact.

I felt really excited and motivated to continue because I know how developing coding skills will help me in the future and also make me reflect on women in STEM and how important they are.

- María José Pérez Aguirre, Mexico

I learned a lot of things I didn't know. I was able to make a lot of bonds with others and I am very happy that I got accepted into this program.

- Sanjana Chundi, Florida

Unlike other online courses, this program made me feel like I was being personally supported by all kinds of professionals and changemakers.

- Michelle Zhang, USA

This course has really helped me learn about coding and I won't lose these skills and I will continue to improve. I never knew how much fun it is to code and build your own websites.

- H'Thabora Siu

Thank you to everyone that had this happen. I learned so much and had fun doing it. I plan to keep working on my website and use it to help my business.

- Margaret Underwood

It was an amazing opportunity and experience. I would love to be a part of this group again!

- Safinah