Brookfield Institute is launching extracurricular program for teaching digital skills to underserved youth in Ontario, Canada

The Brookfield Institute at Ryerson University will launch a digital literacy and coding pilot program funded by the Canadian government and philanthropist donations. The program is designed to provide youth with digital skills to strive in the industry.

The two-year initiative will consist in an extracurricular plan for teaching digital skills to eight groups of 15 to 30 participants aged 12-15, with main focus on girls and youth from underrepresented communities. The curriculum will receive regular evaluation not only for improving its results, but also to generate policy papers that may further guide decision makers.

According to Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, “The digital literacy + coding pilot will go a long way in helping young people develop the skills they’ll need to succeed in the workforce for years to come. Our government understands that today’s in-demand skills are shifting — it’s why we made a commitment to increase Ontario’s STEM graduates by 25 per cent over the next five years.”

The program will take place in the following sites:

  • Toronto Public Library – Centennial Branch
  • YMCA Toronto – YMCA Academy
  • Hamilton Boys & Girls Club
  • London Boys & Girls Club
  • Belleville Public Library
  • YMCA Sudbury

Source: Cision, Betakit