1Philadelphia is here to unlock the potential of Philadelphians of all ages from all over the city and create an equitable tech space.
1Philadelphia connects funders, employers, schools, and community organizations together to build an equitable tech and innovation education system for Philadelphia residents. The goal is to provide the resources and support needed for Philadelphia residents to succeed in tech and innovation careers.
As the founder and CEO of Coded by Kids, I have built an organization that focuses on creating long–term transformative change by fighting inequity through technology and innovation education. My work and my life center around building true equity for populations underrepresented in tech. My organization focuses on addressing the roots of systemic racial inequity by making long–term commitments to our young people. We work to ensure the young people in our programs have access to the futures they deserve and not just a job.
Why one Philadelphia? When you look at our city, there are two vastly different realities that Philadelphians experience based on the color of their skin. In one Philadelphia, the education, justice, and economic systems work against you to limit your chances of success. In the other Philadelphia, you are limited only by your talent and drive—this is the Philadelphia that I believe we must work towards. It’s this Philadelphia that should be the reality for all Philadelphians. The only way we get to the one Philadelphia that I believe in, that we all believe in, is to commit to working together to produce lasting transformative change. We must commit to having the courage to do what we’ve never done before. We must commit to building true equity in the City of Philadelphia.
Founder & CEO, Coded by Kids