Resilient Coders

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Resilient Coders recruits young people of color from Boston and the surrounding area to train in software engineering, website development, and app design with a 14-week tech Bootcamp.  Resilient Coders strives for social justice through economic empowerment, and in the opportunity for meritocracy in tech by training people of color for high-growth careers and connecting them with jobs.  It provides this training free through the support of its Bootcamp Partners: Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC), Microsoft, Google, the Boston Foundation, the Amelia Peabody Foundation, John Hancock, The Lenny Zakim Fund, BNY Mellon, Bank of America, State Street, the Philanthropy Connection, and the Wellington Management Foundation.

Before each Bootcamp, Resilient Coders runs two hackathons, from which to recruit its students; for 14 weeks, daily, this select cohort of early-career individuals meet to receive direct instruction and begin building their own games and applications. By the end of their time with Resilient Coders, they have solid proficiency in HTML, well-crafted and responsive CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, React, Node, and Mongo DB.  By the time they graduate, students will have demonstrated proficiency in semantically structured markup, inheritance and specificity, accessibility, progressive enhancement, responsive design, and effective use of functions, methods, and variables. They will have built, and pushed to GitHub, work that showcases these skills, including a game or application in vanilla JavaScript. Besides preparing students for full-time work as engineers, every student must also procure, service, and invoice their own freelance client to be able to self-employ.  

After graduation, some students join Resilient Lab, and others go right into an Apprenticeship leveraging their new skills.  Resilient Lab is a digital design and development agency that employs recent graduates to build websites and applications for clients.  Engineers at Resilient Lab have worked on products for companies like Wanderu, City Awake, and HelpScout.  

Graduates have gone on to work for companies including Wellington, Fidelity, DigitasLBI, SapientRazorfish, the City of Boston's Department of Innovation and Technology, Boston University, the Boston Globe, and tech startups such as RStudio, Veson Nautical, Gravyty, Bison, and many others.

Learn more about Resilient Coders here.