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codePHX Initiative Brings Free Technology Classes to Phoenix YouthcodePHX Initiative Brings Free Technology Classes to Phoenix Youth<div class="ExternalClass1559515792C3404BAC7259C8D0F86A47"><p>The Arizona Community Foundation and the Phoenix IDA, in partnership with the Phoenix City Council and District 5 Councilman Daniel Valenzuela, have provided support and start-up funding of $500,000 for the codePHX initiative. codePHX provides free coding, robotics and 3D modeling classes for youth ages 4 to 17 throughout the city of Phoenix. </p><p>codePHX was developed in pilot settings over the last two years. During the week of September 11, classes started at 12 citywide locations, including four Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department facilities and eight Phoenix Public Library branches. The curriculum is designed to engage youth who are traditionally under-represented in technology fields, including girls and those from economically disadvantaged communities.   </p><p><strong>2017 codePHX Citywide Locations:</strong></p><ul><li>Bret Tarver Learning Center (1516 N. 35th Ave.)</li><li>Cesar Chavez Library (3635 W. Baseline Rd.)</li><li>Cholla Library (10050 Metro Pkwy.)</li><li>Desert Sage Library (7602 W. Encanto Blvd.)</li><li>Harmon Library (1325 S. 5th Ave.)</li><li>Ironwood Library (4333 E. Chandler Blvd.)</li><li>Mountain View Community Center (1104 E. Grovers Ave.)</li><li>Palo Verde Library (4402 N. 51st Ave.)</li><li>Sunnyslope Youth Center (1702 W. Peoria Ave.)</li><li>Vernell Coleman Recreation Center (830 W. Tonto St.)</li><li>Yucca Library (5648 N. 15th Ave.)</li><li>Burton Barr Central Library (1221 N. Central Ave. - when reopened in summer 2018)</li></ul><p>Over the next three years, codePHX will expand to 29 citywide locations, including 17 additional library branches and community centers, and a mobile coding lab that is part of the Parks and Recreation Department's mobile recreation program.</p><p>Visit <a href="/parks/classes-and-programs/codephx" target="_blank">phoenix.gov/codePHX</a> for additional program and registration information.</p><p>"With codePHX, young people have a unique opportunity to gain knowledge and hands-on computer coding experience and skills to enhance their school STEM curriculum," said Mayor Greg Stanton. "Studies show that focusing on applicable in-demand computer coding and STEM skills helps students succeed in school, life and career."</p><p>"I am proud and honored that key community leaders have come together to draw awareness and offer this innovative program to our youth who are most in need," said Councilman Valenzuela. "There is a gap between our education system and the demands of the future workforce. codePHX will help close that gap by providing supplemental educational resources to provide opportunity for students, especially historically disadvantaged students, to prepare for the jobs of the future."</p><p>"The Phoenix IDA is proud to be a foundational sponsor of codePHX. We believe this incredible program can help inspire the workforce of tomorrow," said Juan Salgado, executive director of the Phoenix IDA.  </p><p>"The impact of codePHX will be felt throughout the region well into the future by providing opportunities for our most at-risk youth enabling them to fulfill their dreams and aspirations," said Steve Seleznow, President and CEO of the Arizona Community Foundation.</p><p><strong>Background on codePHX:</strong></p><ul><li>codePHX is dedicated to providing opportunities in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields to youth who are traditionally under-represented in technology fields - especially girls, minorities and those from economically disadvantaged communities</li><li>Early exposure to coding helps to develop computation, critical thinking and problem solving skills</li><li>The goal of codePHX is to provide an opportunity for youth citywide to gain knowledge and hands-on experience that will help them achieve success in school, life and career</li><li>25 percent of elementary schools in Arizona teach computer science </li><li>16 out of 325 schools in the Phoenix area support a STEM curriculum</li><li>Currently, nearly 10,000 computing jobs are vacant in Arizona, and hundreds of companies are looking for qualified talent</li><li>STEM jobs in Arizona are estimated to grow by 24 percent by 2024. This is a growing and target rich industry for Arizona's economic developers</li></ul><p><strong>About the Phoenix IDA:</strong><br>The Phoenix IDA is an entrepreneurial nonprofit that draws upon its decades of experience and proven record of accomplishments to support community and economic development through access to capital. The Phoenix IDA improves the community through multiple strategies such as bond financing, investments and down payment assistance to advance homeownership. The organization's primary goal is to positively impact vulnerable populations and underserved communities. Established in 1981, the Phoenix IDA is a self-sustaining organization governed by a nine-member Board of Directors. For additional information, please visit <a href="http://phoenixida.com/" target="_blank">phoenixida.com</a>.</p><p><strong>About the Arizona Community Foundation:</strong><br>The ACF, established in 1978, is a statewide family of charitable funds supported by thousands of Arizonans. With five regional offices serving communities in the state, ACF is among the top 25 community foundations in the nation with more than $843 million in trust and endowment assets. Go to <a href="https://www.azfoundation.org/default.aspx" target="_blank">azfoundation.org</a> for more information.</p><p><strong>About the codePHX Initiative:</strong><br>The mission and goal of codePHX is to provide Phoenix youth with the opportunity to gain knowledge and hands-on experience with computer coding and STEM skills outside of their school environment. Studies show that an emphasis on computer coding and STEM will ultimately help youth achieve success in school, life and career by preparing them with relevant and applicable skills, and providing regular access to computer science and coding experiences. Early exposure to computer coding helps develop computational understanding, as well as critical thinking and problem solving skills. </p></div>9/15/2017 9:45:00 PMGregg Bach, 602-262-4994Parks and Recreation Department602-262-6862