My name is Dekagbe Patience, a graduate of the department of English, university of Lagos. Right from my childhood I have always wondered how the computer have so much information in it and how things appear in them “those colourful and beautiful pictures”. Up until my final year, I just knew that there was something called computer programming and coding but never knew what it entailed. I didn’t research about them despite my inquisitive nature because I felt it was a masculine thing. When I was in final year in the university, I got an information that an organization (Teens Can Code) was putting up a free computer programming class for only females students called Go Girls: Code + Create. I felt so relieved and glad. Finally I can know what this is all about. At the learning center which was anchored by teencancode, I learnt both HTML and CSS. Though it was not easy because the time was short but I gained a lot, as the are very experienced in tutoring. At the end of learning period, I was able to build my own natural hair business “saintlylooks” website with what I learnt. I was amazed at my ability at the end of the learning period. This exposure made me decide to learn better and remove the gender stereotype when it comes to computer learning. It also helped me merge my hair making skill and science together. Interestingly, Even after the learning was over I was part of the best which was selected for further learning. And that gave me opportunity to volunteer for google and other computer science platform. Thank you Teens Can Code for the opportunity that brought enlightenment
Two years ago I was confused, tired and frustrated with school because I hadn't gotten the course I intended to study. I became depressed and barely attended classes for show. Then someone posted on our school WhatsApp group a flyer indicating girls would be taught how to code and build websites for free. At first I didn't want to give it a try but I remembered some of my male friends saying I can't understand coding. So I decided to prove them wrong by joining the organization Teens Can Code and Mademoiselle Foundation. It was the most amazing two months of my life, and it changed the person I was and I became a brand new person. I learnt how to code and designed a stunning website with which I became one of the best students. I finally found a career that I wanted to chase, a career I was passionate about. And that's a software developer, an Android developer to be precise. It's been almost two years and I've gotten two internships so far, and taught a lot of kids how to code, I've made huge impacts on not only myself but the people around me at large. And I hope to do more.
My name is Samuel Isikpoje, a graduate of TEENS CAN CODE Academy(TCC). My journey began when i was in secondary school. My
school was invited for the annual Teens Code Conference where they convern
teenagers like me to talk about technology, innovation and problem solving. Before the end of that conference , i followed them on social media, I reached out to them and i was chosen
to be one of the trainee for the software development program.
In less than 6months i moved from being a novice to becoming a software developer, not only did i learn coding skills, i was able to learn how to find problems in my community and build solutions for them with the aid of technology.
Right now, I am an undergraduate of Architecture and in 5 years time, i see myself building solutions for architectural & building problems using my tech skills.
I am grateful for the opportunity to learn about technology and to access technology opportunities through Teens Can Code. I was one of the very first beneficiaries of the TCC project, I was inspired by my friend Ade, who attended the Teens Code Conference and he was selected to participate in the training bootcamp, Ade told me about the program and what he has been learning and i was really excited to joined the coding class so i followed him to Teens Can Code's office, getting there i was told the class was already 3weeks ahead and I may have to wait for the next cohort, my friend and I pleaded that I join and that I would catch-up, true to that, i learnt very fast that i started teaching my class mates who were weeks ahead of me. Fast forward to today, I am the Technical Lead at Teens Can Code, I have had the opportunity to intern with amazing organizations through Teens Can Code and that has really built my experience and knowledge of both skills and the work environment.
I am now a Microsoft Student Ambassador advocating Microsoft products and training other students on coding and tech skills! Thanks to Teens Can Code, I wouldn’t have been able to give back to the tech community without the foundation layed by Teens Can Code. When i am not working, I am teaching coding skills to young people across Nigeria.
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