WES Mariam Assefa Fund Grantee Partners

Code the Dream

GSK IMPACT Awards-Code The Dream Photograph by Eric Atkinson

Category: Skills & Supports; Innovation & Experimentation

Amount: USD$200,000

Term: January 2021 – December 2022

Focus: Code the Dream is expanding its proven model of improving economic mobility for immigrants and refugees seeking to unleash their own potential and make a better life for themselves and their communities.

About Code the Dream

Code the Dream offers free intensive training in software development to people from diverse low-income backgrounds. The ultimate goal of Code the Dream is to create a unique win-win that allows coders in the program to acquire real experience building apps that make the world a little bit better, and then use that experience to launch new careers that offer greater opportunity to themselves, their families, and their communities.

What type of work will the grant enable?

Code the Dream is expanding and scaling its model beyond the 12 states where it currently works, and building out additional physical hubs in Atlanta and Chicago. Following its successful rapid shift to remote instruction last spring, Code the Dream is also expanding its remote programming.

Why is this work important?

Code the Dream’s work connects directly with the WES Mariam Assefa Fund’s focus on providing immigrant workers with the skills and support they need to succeed in the workplaces of today and tomorrow. With increased attention on skills-based recruitment and hiring to provide better opportunities to workers who have lower levels of formal education, Code the Dream’s work can help encourage employers to hire, invest in, and support immigrant and refugee workers.