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Resilient Coders: Unveiling Talent in Unlikely Places

Leveling tech's playing field.

David Delmar, founder and executive producer of Resilient Coders knows that sustainable social justice can’t be achieved just by charity – economic empowerment is the ticket.

Talent doesn’t always equal success. From the get-go, even the most ambitious people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and young adults of less economic advantage don’t have equal access to education, exposure, and opportunity.

Resilient Coders works with an understanding of this, incorporating mentorship and support networks into the program. Here’s how the program works. Once a cohort has been recruited through hackathons, they begin an 8-week bootcamp, learning hards kills (Javascript, HTML, etc) and soft skills (communication techniques). 

 

Delmar with the RC students. Photo by Nic Czarnecki/Metro Boston

 

Some students get hired straight out of camp, others move on to the Resilient Lab – a digital design and development agency where mentors work with the recent grads in working with real clients.

To the techies that come up to Delmar asking what they can do, he says, “I need you to think differently about a problem we’ve consistently failed to solve.”

The first step: be open to the idea that equal opportunity is possible and get to working on it.

Read abut RC-employee Alec.

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JP Sears: Comedy and Sincerity Go Hand in Hand

Making fun of yourself can be the opening to truly understanding yourself.

You may have stumbled across JP Sears’ comedy videos taking loving pokes at ‘New Age’ lifestyles. He’s a Youtube sensation who first caught the eye of folks online in 2013. Now, with more than 600k subscribers, he makes fun of everything from the essential oil fad, gluten intolerance, astrology, and Bitcoin.

His jokes are good—sometimes too good—and make us question ourselves a bit. That is exactly his point, these jokes roast himself too. Humor keeps us humble, it is the opening of a new conversation stripped of ego.

After dropping out of college, Sears began studying holistic cultures at age 18, going on to become a life coach. After gaining recognition as someone with an acute sense of humor, he went on to write a book called How to be Ultra Spiritual – “a 12 1/2 Step Guide to Spiritual Superiority”.

 

 

“I needed it for self-therapy because so much of the New Age culture and New Age practices are a part of my life and a very beneficial part of my life, yet there’s another side to the beneficial coin for everything,” Sears told the Charleston City Newspaper.

“I was finding myself having egotistical agendas and judgments hiding within my new age and spiritual practices. The videos and the book [How to be Ultra Spiritual] became a way for me to shine the light of awareness on the shadow side of me.”

Sears compares his humor and sincerity with his left hand and right hand—both are different and don’t work quite as well alone.

Feature photo: Jonathan Boncek / Scott Suchy

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