The first in a series of articles by Code Your Future volunteers, as they explore their volunteering journeys. Along with our students, volunteers are the lifeblood of our organisation. Liliana, who started with us seven months ago, asks…

Why do we volunteer? There’s always a temptation to give a one-size-fits-all answer to that kind of question. You can Google it to see tons of articles and find people offering advice related to the volunteering enterprise.

I’ve asked myself this question before, and I still don’t have a clear response. I have a hint: I’ve been born a humanitarian, who, for…


Yohannes is a CodeYourFuture graduate, looking for his first tech job. Check out his GitHub here.

Iwas born and brought up in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I’d studied some computer science, but I would say it wasn’t until I moved to Glasgow in 2016 joined the first Scottish class of Code Your Future that I became a programmer.

Glasgow is a very welcoming place for refugees — I’ve been able to make friends and volunteer for number of projects including Galgael Trust, Kinning Park Complex, Govan Community Project & Empowering Govan’s Communities. …


Just over a year ago CodeYourFuture existed in the minds of a couple of people that wanted to create the first programme in the UK dedicated to help refugees and asylum seekers. We had no mentors, no students and we didn’t know any refugee organisations that could help us in finding them. We only had a draft version of a syllabus. Before we took any further actions, we set ourselves the goal of finding an initial group of students committed to becoming developers in our coding school. …


Sunday classes of CYF at Ticketmaster offices

Imagine that you are the founder of a social enterprise. You spend time planning and working on setting the foundations of your project. You work hard and the day arrives when you start offering a service to a group of people, becoming a day of celebration in our collective memory. In the case of CodeYourFuture, it was on the 9th of October 2016, our first class with ten refugees and asylum seekers. Previous to that, CYF existed only in our imagination. Or so we thought so. …


Last October we launched our first 6-month program to teach the fundamentals of web programming to refugees and provide the knowledge and skills needed to become a junior web developer.

Currently we are training a group of ten refugees coming from different parts of the world, studying web and programming language with professionals in the tech industry.

We are now calling for the next group of applicants to join the class in March 2017. …

CodeYourFuture

Non-profit organisation supporting refugees with the dream of becoming developers

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