For years, parishioners at the Calvary Hill Community Church have learned to live by the code.
Now their children are learning a different kind: computer code.
The San Francisco church is one of the first to take part in an initiative from Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition to forge a new generation of computer programmers. Jackson is reaching out to African Americans in their spiritual homes with FAITHTECH Labs, an initiative that provides access to computers for all ages and coding classes for young people.
So far, Rainbow PUSH has opened tech labs at Calvary Hill in San Francisco, in its Chicago headquarters and in a church in Greenville, S.C., Jackson’s hometown. Two more are slated to open soon — inside Greater St. Paul Church in Oakland and Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church in Richmond, Calif. — with a third planned for a Chicago church.
Each tech lab is equipped with laptop and desktop computers, printers, servers and networking technology donated by HP. In many cases the new equipment is replacing slow, broken-down computers that frequently crash, frustrating church users, young and old.
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