Yesterday, Google officially unveiled Code Next, its computer science lab for youth in Oakland. The program is designed to offer young black and Latino people interested in tech an opportunity to learn how to code, as well as the fundamentals of computer science. That’s because 51% of black students and 47% of Latino students in the U.S. don’t have access to computer science classes in school, according to a study conducted by Google in partnership with Gallup. Code Next will work with 70 eighth-grade students in Oakland and 70 at its location in Harlem, which is set to open in 2017. Until then, students in New York will able to attend classes at Google’s NYC headquarters. The program is free to attend, but students must be nominated by their schools and non-profit organizations like Black Girls Code.

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