Although our hackathon is based in the Silicon Valley region of Northern California, we have realized that many communities outside of the Bay Area are underrepresented in hackathons as well as the Computer Science industry. While they might be interested in coding, they may simply not have the resources available to them given either their region or their socioeconomic conditions.
As part of our initiative for encouraging students to use Computer Science to create projects that impact their community, we have created a mentorship program where we will be pairing up high schools students who are proficient in computer science with middle/high school students from underrepresented areas across the nation to teach them various aspects of computer science.
Sessions will be one-on-one for the student to have a welcoming environment to ask questions along with the opportunity to bond with their mentor. Each pair must meet for at least 2-3 hours per week, but are welcome to meet more frequently.
“My experience with the Digitize Mentorship Program has been an amazing one, not only have I learned more about Python, but I also gained a new friend along the way. The program itself is an amazing one and I am beyond glad to be able to say
that I have had the opportunity to be able to participate in Digitize.”
A. Gonzalez, Granada Hills, California
“It has been a lot of fun and I have enjoyed it a lot!... I look forward to it everyday.”