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Maria, Resilient in Every Way

A look inside Resilient Coders.

Resilient Coders believes that – no matter their history – every kid deserves a fair shake at success. They’re hacking the opportunity gap by leading Boston youth of all backgrounds down the pretty path of code.

Here’s how they do it: mentorship, rigorous bootcamps, and a program called ‘the Lab’ where they pair bootcamp grads with experts to work on client projects together. Students are primed to have wildly successful careers in web development.

David Delmar, Executive Director and Founder, believes that tech is “an opportunity for real meritocracy (…) and in the resilience of Boston’s youth.”

Resilient Coders welcomed Maria Inés into the program as a front-end developer. She’s never shied away from pushing the envelope or trying something new. In 2013, she was part of Dream 9, a group of DREAMers (minors who immigrated to the US illegally and were allowed to stay under an Obama-era policy) that donned their graduation gowns and intentionally got themselves detained at the border as an act of political defiance.

 

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Maria (second from the left) standing by the border with members of Dream 9. (Photo: Latino USA)

 

Their goal? To help shift the dominant narrative about undocumented immigrants and remind us the limbo many young adults face today. Maria – who is fluently bilingual – became a surrogate voice for many other women detainees she met there.

She’s back in the US now and considers herself an American. This is where she choses to build her future and RC is helping her do that, one piece of code at a time.

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There’s a Revolution Happening in the Toy World

With the holidays fast approaching, here are a few inclusive gift ideas and a little good cheer to boot.

Toy companies are finally starting to offer more inclusive doll options. People of color and those with disabilities have been historically underrepresented in the toy aisles, so this is a big win for kids.

Studies show that poor representation in a child’s toy selection can lead to a negative psychological impact. Giving kids dolls with varied ethnicities and abilities will likely increase their capacity for empathy in real life. This makes sense.

In a society where people of color and people with varied abilities are often are pushed to the side or left out of the conversation, it’s important to give a shout out to those that are working (and playing) hard to restore balance. Here are a few companies doing great work:

Melanites

This killer new startup – the first-ever line of boy dolls of color – invites all kids in on doll play. Because, honestly, who doesn’t want in on slumber parties and wild adventures in fantasyland with a mini-me. For even more details you can read our story on them.

Toy Like Me

Toy Like Me is an organization advocating for the toy industry to get more woke. They offer resources where you can get bespoke dolls made with, say, the exact birthmarks or prosthetics, that a real kid has.

 

 

Weesie Pals

Weesie pals are customizable stuffed animals with cleft lips or microtia – a congenital deformity where the ear is underdeveloped.

American Girl

Yep, that’s correct. American Girl is on it when it comes to inclusive toys. Their dolls can have crutches, allergy-free lunch sets, mini-hearing aids and pretend diabetes kids.

 

Dominika poses with her American Girl doll
Dominika poses with her American Girl doll, who also has a hearing aid. Photo: Kevin Irvine/NPR

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