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How to Get Ahead in a Digital World: Learn the Language of Code (Video)

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There is no shortage of skills parents want their children to learn in order to get ahead in life.

But if you really want your child to be competitive in a global market, coding is where it’s at. With more people employed in British Columbia’s high tech sector than employed in mining, forestry and oil and gas combined, it’s clear that Java is really the language kids should be brushing up on.

This is a sentiment shared by Kate Arthur, Executive Director of Kids Code Jeunesse, a national not-for-profit. “We really believe that every child should be learning these technical skills for their future, so they can communicate, build and create with the tools they’ll need to be successful in the 21st century. The traditional education system is just not embracing it quick enough,” she says.

Traction on Demand and Coveo recently partnered to support Kids Code Jeunesse’s mission, which is to empower kids, teachers and parents with the skills needed to thrive in a technology-driven society. Watch the video to see how they are doing this:

Kids Code Jeunesse first came to our attention when their Vancouver office got in touch to discuss their desire to move onto Salesforce. With 900 volunteers across the country, and countless other instructors and schools in their database, they were looking for a platform to more easily manage their programs. As a “pretty lean funding machine,” according to Kate, Traction partnered with Coveo to help support the project. All three organizations, with support from, are funding a portion of the Salesforce implementation.

Michelle Malpass, Director of Community Engagement at Traction.
Michelle Malpass, Director of Community Engagement at Traction.

“This is a great examples of how organizations can come together to fund a capacity-building project for a non-profit, having a much greater impact through collaboration, rather than each trying to do our own thing. Leveraging each other for funds and skills is a great way forward for giving,” says Michelle Malpass, Director of Community Engagement at Traction on Demand and the head of Traction for Good, which is providing the grant.

Kate says children as young as five can learn to code, though the optimal time is the age at which they start learning to read and write. “Age seven is the time they start exploring through different ways of expression and computational thinking,” she says. Michelle adds that, eventually, when young people are ready to choose a career, “having a basic understanding of computer programming will give them a huge advantage over someone that hasn’t been exposed to it.”

Knowing another language is always a good thing, but knowing how to speak code may be even better.

Get started with Code Club Canada, an initiative supported by Kids Code Jeunesse, and start exploring how you can get your child, school or community involved.

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