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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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First Sustainable ‘Agrihood’ Gives Free Produce to 2,000 Detroit Residents

An urban renewal option that fosters communities instead of tearing them down and replacing them with gentrification.

One of Earth’s greatest challenges today is finding ways to give everyone access to nutritious and sustainable food. We know – small countryside farms. But how can we work with what we have today to generate sustainable grub?

Let’s talk *agrihood*, a new concept that promotes a localized relationship between living, eating, and working. It’s not new age mumbo jumbo, it’s actually cutting edge innovation that even big corporations are curious about because it’s working.

Non-profit The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative (MUFI), along with funding from corporate friends with local interests (inc General Motors Technical Center and Sustainable Brands), formed the first sustainable agrihood in America. They’re based in Detroit, and they give free produce to 2,000 nearby residents. They’re also turning a nearby abandoned building into a community resource center that will soon be home to a cafe, non-profit incubator, and workshop space.



“More and more companies are realizing that if they embed purpose into the mission they can really help the communities that they’re in,” Jonathan Reese, Director of Business Development at Sustainable Brands.

Agrihoods aren’t a one size fits all type of deal but that’s what’s cool about them. They ask the community what they need and build accordingly.

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