“Many of the future jobs young people will be doing are jobs that don’t yet exist yet. But what we do know is that technology and AI are going to play a large role in employees’ jobs.”
– Indra Kubicek, CFO, President, Kids Code Jeunesse
Most of our clients are from the education system (schools, schools boards and teachers). A major issue teachers have is gaining confidence in learning coding skills, knowing where to find these resources and being able to register a schedule online. Additionally, schools in rural areas don’t necessarily have access to these services. Between the skills set of our organization, our instructors and staffs, and with the technical side of the platforms and abilities of IBM, we feel there is synergy there to solve a majority of these issues.
Whether you are creating a technology tool, interacting or speaking to employees who do create these tools, technology is and will continue to be an intrinsic part of the skill set needed to be able to join the workforce. Kids Code Jeunesse introduces this at a very young age (starting around 5 to 7 years old) to show youth that learning these skills is interesting, fun and that they can enter the workforce with the skills set that they are going to need.
Kids Code Jeunesse approaches these issues by teaching actual technical skills of learning, computational thinking, coding and AI. We also do a lot of unplugged activities, enabling learners to step away from their computers to think about the ethics, collaboration and other skills that are needed to be able to interact in a digital world. We find creative games and activities that the youth can relate to. We work with the education system, parents, teachers, and youth to teach them about data, ethical ways of gathering data, and using a data set representative of a population in order to make ethical decisions.
There are so many ways that technology is going to improve people’s lives and there are so many ways the youth can get involved. However, our organizations focus on sustainability and on using AI in a positive manner. When we get to the classrooms, we look at issues such as climate change and how we can solve similar issues. There are a variety of technologies that young people today will create based on the skills we are providing them.
We have a physical presence in major cities across Canada (Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto) but the groups we really need to reach are our rural communities. We are looking into creating a platform and using online services to have the ability to tap into rural communities. We would have one of our instructors based in a major city on camera and the class could join online from a rural community in a workshop.
About Kids Code Jeunesse
Founded in Montreal in 2013, Kids Code Jeunesse is a bilingual, national non-profit organization helping to build sustainable digital skills communities that will inspire and empower children across Canada. From classrooms and libraries, to science centres and governments, we help groups integrate coding into their services. Since 2013, Kids Code Jeunesse has reached 250,000+ children and supported over 8000 educators across the country to integrate coding in their classrooms.