CODE2040 is excited to announce that Apple, one of the world’s most innovative companies, is our first host company for the 2016 Fellows Program and our first-ever platinum sponsor. CODE2040 also becomes an official Diversity & Inclusion Partner with Apple. Next summer, CODE2040 Fellows will become interns at Apple headquarters in Cupertino and will work throughout the organization on the latest hardware and software. Here’s what Denise Young Smith, Apple’s vice president for Worldwide Human Resources, told us about the partnership: “We’re excited to be working with CODE2040 toward our shared goal of more opportunities in tech for young Latino/as and African-Americans. We want every young person to have the opportunity to get the job of their dreams, and we want our teams at Apple to be as diverse as the customers that buy our products.”
This great news comes on the heels of the “graduation” last week of our 2015 Fellows who now transitioned into Alumni. We all agreed during our celebratory “Wrap Party” dinner that the summer passed by too quickly but it was exciting to hear all of their stories. Some Fellows talked about coding, some talked about the workshops, while others regaled each other with stories from the Kick It party. As I looked across the room, it was heartwarming to hear the stories and see the CODE2040 staff smile with pride.
While we have taken a few days to reflect on the summer of 2015, we are already planning for the 2016 Fellows Program. Applications for our 5th Fellows cohort have already begun. CODE2040 will have more than 80 fellows by the end of this year’s application process. In September, we’ll start connecting host companies with talented Black and Latino/a students from across the country. If you know of a talented student that would be a great fit for the Fellows program, please forward them the link to the application. We are excited to meet next year’s cohort and welcome a whole new group of young leaders to our family.