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Youth 2 Leaders Foundation is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to increasing the number of youth who are able to attend college in Kern County, California. The organization has been in existence for over 20 years and has provided over $1,000,000 in scholarship support to Kern County students.

In July, Sabio will be hosting a "learn to code" workshop for approximately 45 high school students to teach them some coding fundamentals. The youth who will be participating in the workshop will be enrolled in Youth 2 Leaders' STEM Pre-College Camp.

"This is the second time we are offering the STEM camp. Last year, we wanted to focus on STEM education in general, letting the students know what is out there in terms of careers and opportunities. This time we want to focus a little more on coding. We want students to walk away with a new skill," explained Abel Guzman, executive director of Youth 2 Leaders Education Foundation. "These students are in the migrant education program and will all be incoming 10th, 11th and 12th graders."

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Guzman added that a lot of the students in the STEM Pre-College Camp are English language learners. The residential program will take place at UC Santa Barbara to give the youth an opportunity to learn and engage on a college campus. The program is structured so that students will receive instruction in the morning in math and programming. The students will be coming down to Culver City to engage with Sabio for the "learn to code" workshop and then attending a Dodger game after.

"In general, the students that we work with are affected by the digital divide. For example, here at the foundation we applied for and received a grand to receive laptops for our students. A lot of our students are low income and might not have access to a computer and internet at home," Guzman said.

Working with groups like Youth 2 Leaders Foundation is part of the giving back spirit that Sabio fosters. Sabio was founded with the goal of bringing people who come from underrepresented backgrounds in technology into the field. Hosting high school students for a coding workshop is one way to plant a seed in young minds.


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