OnE Philadelphia (Opportunity and Equity for Philadelphia) initiative

Citywide initiative to deliver sustainable, high-growth possibilities in tech and innovation

PHILADELPHIA, Today, Coded By Kids introduced lead companions Bank of America, Comcast NBCUniversal and the Lenfest Foundation have invested almost $1 million to launch the OnE Philadelphia (Opportunity and Equity for Philadelphia) initiative. This gives the basis wanted for Coded By Kids to start to tackle variety and inclusion in tech and innovation with lengthy time period options that are designed to supply high-quality, sustainable profession possibilities for communities of colour in Philadelphia.


Coded By Kids is a nonprofit enterprise that gives younger humans with development, digital design, pc science, and tech startup–focused training programs. OnE Philadelphia, their new initiative, addresses the city's center of attention on temporary options to systemic racial inequity. By enforcing a citywide tech schooling effort, OnE Philadelphia's mission is to radically change the town into a pipeline for high-level tech brain and tech startup leaders.

The initiative is pushed with the aid of three fundamental strategies: growing an built-in tech education, ability development, and experiential gaining knowledge of ecosystem that aims high-growth chance careers; constructing the infrastructure wanted to assist an built-in ecosystem; and altering the way underrepresented Philadelphians seem at tech and innovation in order to alternate the way of life of the city.

"At the coronary heart of my work as founder and CEO of Coded By Kids is my dedication to constructing one Philadelphia," stated Sylvester Mobley, founder and CEO, Coded By Kids. "When you appear at our town there are two vastly one of a kind realities that Philadelphians trip that are related to the colour of their skin. This outpouring of aid we have obtained from Bank of America, Comcast, and The Lenfest Foundation demonstrates the fee this pipeline will add to the metropolis and acknowledges the collaborative effort it will take to make fairness and inclusion a priority in the tech and entrepreneurship fields. The launch of OnE Philadelphia is simply the beginning. It's going to take extra funding commitments from stakeholders round the metropolis to make this successful. This isn't always a one-time thing—this is an funding in lasting fairness in our city."

Bank of America is dedicated to addressing troubles that are basically linked to monetary mobility – like get right of entry to to staff improvement possibilities – to construct greater sustainable communities. As section of the bank's $1 billion, four-year commitment, $10 million was once allotted to supplying Economic Resiliency Grants to nearby agencies working to develop racial equality and monetary probability for communities of color, together with Coded By Kids. With these cash in addition to receiving Bank of America's Neighborhood Builders® grant, Coded By Kids is higher geared up to launch the long-term initiative and carry get admission to to tech and innovation possibilities to extra Philadelphians.

"Our help of OnE Philadelphia is rooted in our dedication to significant options to strengthen racial equality and financial mobility in low- to moderate-income populations and communities of color," stated Jim Dever, Philadelphia market president for Bank of America. "The work that Sylvester and his crew have achieved so a ways to put this format into motion is inspiring and it is a pleasure to be a section of this transformative group of workers readiness initiative."

Comcast has lengthy been dedicated to addressing digital inequities so that all Americans have the chance to be successful in an an increasing number of digital world. Since 2011, its low-income, excessive velocity broadband adoption program, Internet Essentials, has linked greater than eight million Americans to the Internet at home, consisting of greater than 288,000 Philadelphians. Beyond connectivity, Comcast is additionally centered on offering digital competencies coaching to younger human beings and to upskilling adults with the purpose of enhancing monetary mobility. Comcast's funding in OnE Philadelphia is phase of the company's multi-year $100 million dedication to combat injustice and inequality and its mission to create a extra linked and equitable society.

"Now greater than ever, we want to make certain all of Philadelphia's residents have the probability to thrive in the digital economy," stated Dalila Wilson-Scott, Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at Comcast. "By imparting tech abilities coaching and instructional possibilities to marginalized communities, OnE Philadelphia aligns flawlessly with our company's dedication to develop digital equity. We seem to be ahead to working with Sylvester and the Coded via Kids group on this necessary initiative, and together, developing a brighter future for our city."

The Lenfest Foundation is dedicated to discovering options for life-changing have an impact on in Philadelphia for years to come via strategic funding and fostering collaboration.

"The Lenfest Foundation is dedicated to figuring out and investing in initiatives, like OnE Philadelphia, that purpose to locate options that have a life-changing have an impact on for generations to come," stated Dr. Keith Leaphart, board chair, the Lenfest Foundation. "We trust in the energy of opportunity, which is why partnerships like this are indispensable to supplying Philadelphians with limitless profession possibilities, sooner or later strengthening our neighborhood as a whole." 

Post a Comment