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Code Next
Google's Code Next program works with high schoolers to cultivate the next generation of Black and Latinx tech leaders.

How does {Code Next} work?

Think

Code Next students join us for programming (either through our physical Code Next Live labs or through our online program, Code Next Connect) to learn about computer science and problem solving. They become creative, computational thinkers.

Make

Students develop into confident, purposeful makers as they engage in both solo and team projects during our programs, which are after school and on the weekends. They produce websites, programs, and other demonstrations of their learning and interests.

Lead

Through community relationships, mentor-mentee relationships with real Googlers, and other courses, Code Next students mature into effective and ethical leaders, ready to take on the world.

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What is Code Next?

Code Next is a free, computer science education program that meets Black and Latinx high school students in their own communities and provides the skills and inspiration they need for long and rewarding careers in computer science-related fields. Between 2011 and 2018, Black students and Hispanic college students each only made up 3 percent of computer science graduates — Code Next plans to change that.

91.5%

Percentage of our most recent 12th grade graduates accepted to and attending college/higher education programs.

88.4%

Percentage of our most recent 12th grade graduates majoring in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) field in college.

58.1%

Percentage of our most recent 12th grade graduates specifically naming “computer science” or “information systems” as their major.

So much! Participants engage in curriculum, learn from coaches, and drive their own projects–such as designing and programming a robot and 3D printing an Android chess set. After months of learning, students become creators of technology that they can share with their community. They also gain access to Google mentors, tech experts, and the latest in technologies, from laptops to virtual and augmented reality.

Both! We have our Code Next Live program, consisting of live labs in a few cities across the United States, and Code Next Connect, a fully online program open to students anywhere in the U.S. See more below under “What We Currently Offer.”

If you’re interested in creating your own Code Next-like experience, access our free curriculum here!

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What We Currently Offer

Code Next Live

For students who prefer in-person experiences, we currently have three labs, located in 1) Oakland, California, 2) Chelsea, New York, and 3) Harlem, New York. The Oakland and Chelsea labs are run and managed by Google. The Harlem lab is based at the Boys and Girls Club of Harlem, run and managed in partnership with the New York Urban League and Emerging Leaders in Technology and Engineering (ELiTE). Temporarily, labs conduct virtual-only programming due to COVID-19.

Programming is available for 9th-12th grade students who live in the areas around the labs, and cover topics from rigorous coding to entrepreneurship. To learn more about our Code Next Live programs, check out our application FAQs.

Code Next Connect

For students who live outside of our lab cities, our Connect program is our online program for high school students across the United States. Connect consists of various clubs that students can apply to be a part of, where they engage in lessons with real Google employees. Club topics range from game design to hardware development.

Programming is open to high school students anywhere in the United States, though we specifically target 9th-10th grade students. Clubs happen three times a year: fall term, winter term, and spring term (we break for summer). To learn more about our Code Next Connect programs, check out our application FAQs.

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Our Team and Partners

OUR TEAM

The Code Next staff brings together coaches experienced in education, computer science, and engineering. Coaches represent our students' backgrounds and work to create a culture of inclusion, where everyone feels respected and connected to one another.

OUR PARTNERS

This work isn’t possible without our partners, who do incredible work in our students’ communities. Below represents a small sampling of the nonprofits, research organizations, and schools that we have worked with and/or currently work with.

Logo for New York Urban League. Logo for The Unity Council. Logo for the MIT Media Lab. Logo for the Boys and Girls Club. Logo for a ELiTE Education. Logo for Education Development Center. Logo for Langston League. Logo for Students Rising Above. Logo for The Door. Logo for Kurani. Logo for Raspberry Pi.

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