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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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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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