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Councilman Daniel Valenzuela Announces Expansion of Equitable, Accessible, Free Youth Coding Classes Offered in Phoenix Libraries and Community CentersCouncilman Daniel Valenzuela Announces Expansion of Equitable, Accessible, Free Youth Coding Classes Offered in Phoenix Libraries and Community Centers<div class="ExternalClass61641C582DC84C34A383E2DA9FAD5E17"><p>​CodePHX provides free computer coding classes to youth in the city of Phoenix. CodePHX has developed a public library-based model of bringing parts of the new economy directly to city-run facilities to reach our population, by providing equitable, accessible, and free opportunities to our children and youth to learn computer science.<br><br>In the summer of 2016 the city of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with Phoenix Public Library launched a pilot program that allowed students to participate in an eight-week coding program at Maryvale Community Center and Palo Verde Library. Last year Phoenix Public Library received an additional program budget allotment of $50,000 to expand the weekly coding program to three additional library locations.<br><br>With additional private funding secured by Councilman Daniel Valenzuela, CodePHX is now poised to expand citywide with the addition of four library locations and four community centers over the summer and fall of 2017, with the ultimate goal of expanding to all 29 Phoenix libraries and community centers as funds are raised.<br><br>“By partnering with the tech community on the goal of bringing coding opportunities inside all 17 Phoenix public libraries and 12 community centers, we are bringing essential skills directly to the young people who need them most,” Councilman Valenzuela said. “CodePHX will expand access and increase diversity in computer science by reaching students of all backgrounds where they are — at their skill-level, in their public libraries and community centers, and in ways that inspire them to keep learning.<br><br>Not long ago cities in our region competed for companies, today Phoenix competes for talent. Coding programs assist children in developing critical thinking, problem solving and computational skills which help them better understand the world. For many of our students CodePHX is their first step to becoming part of a new generation of workforce talent that will drive our job growth and contribute to Phoenix’s innovation economy.”</p></div>6/27/2017 10:30:00 PMMatthew Heil602-534-0108