TEACHING COMPUTER SCIENCE TO REFUGEES IN UTAH

Cotopaxi, Utah Open Source Foundation and the International Rescue Committee of Salt Lake have teamed up to launch The Global Good Project, an initiative committed to supporting the integration of refugee families into their new communities and empowering them to find meaningful, sustainable livelihood opportunities. Teaching computer literacy and coding equips families with the tools needed to navigate daily life in a rapidly changing world and supports pathways to jobs, addressing one of the fundamental needs of a community of more than 60,000 refugees in the State of Utah.

We are investing in computer science because it drives innovation throughout the U.S. economy, but it remains marginalized throughout K-12 education.

583,155

Open IT jobs nationwide

4,515

Open IT jobs in Utah

59,764

Number of CS graduates nationally

Cotopaxi’s computer science programming, previously called the Refugee Coding Project, initially began in partnership with the Department of Workforce Services and the Bhutanese refugee community, where we saw incredible results. This early success of the program led us to expand our services to six refugee communities across Salt Lake City, including the Sudanese, South Sudanese, Bhutanese, Burmese, Burundian and Congolese communities.

Utah Open Source addresses the growth of technology by giving opportunities for people to educate and be educated in all things technology. Connecting is core to the mission. Utah Open Source focuses on the technology communities.

The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future.

Thanks to the generosity of IRC supporters, more than 23 million people benefited from IRC programs and those of our partner organizations in 2015—nearly 5.5 million more individuals than we were able to reach in 2014.