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South Side students cracking code to success

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Do you code?

Probably not but a group of high school students in Englewood do thanks to Englewood Codes.

"I am a 15 year old African American female and I attend Robert Lindbloom Math and Science Academy. I have kept a 4.0 GPA since I started school," said 15 year old Kimarah Brown.

Brown created her own website from scratch using a language she learned at Teamwork Englewood.

"The program was a ten week program to teach people how to build websites using HTML, CSS, Bluestrap, Java Script and GitHub," said 17 year old Tony Robinson.

"I have a carousal on my first page, that's what Java Script does, see I don't have to touch it, it will move by itself eventually," said Brown.

Brown and her older sister 16 year old Alicia Brown, along with 17 year old Robinson and dozens of high school students traded camp for coding this summer.

"It gives young people the opportunity to learn something new that isn't even in the Englewood area until just now," said Robinson.

"At first it was if you could read a book you're ok and if you could write you were fine and if you could use a computer you could land a job. We truly believe that this is the new literacy," said Demond Drummer, Technology Organizer at Teamwork Englewood.

"Our tact is that those students who want to excel and achieve and that is the vast majority of students in Englewood ought to have the opportunities to connect with mentors and skills that will prepare them for the future," said Drummer in an interview with Fox 32's Tisha Lewis.

And though Congressman Bobby Rush and Senator Mark Kirk agree to disagree on using federal resources to combat Chicago's gang problem - they did pledge their support of Englewood Codes. During a tour of the south side neighborhood, the two stopped by Englewood Codes' graduation ceremony.

"One thing Senator Kirk was saying is that we're outsourcing a lot of tech skill and jobs overseas. We should be able to insource that same type of work right here in the neighborhood," said Drummer.

According to Drummer, "The best way for Chicago to stay competitive is to grow a broad base of talents throughout the entire neighborhood, yes even in Englewood."

The fall session of Englewood Codes starts Oct. 4. It's free but space is limited. For more information, call (773) 488-6600 or visit

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