‘Mics Up Guns Down’ Hosts Free Computer Programming Course For Young People | New
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – An anti-violence group in Louisville is trying to broaden the horizons of young people in the community by teaching them a new profession.
A dozen children and young adults spent their Saturdays learning computer coding in a free class hosted by “Mics Up Guns Down”.
“A lot of these kids don’t really have much to look forward to, and I’m not just talking about the community, but their future,” said Daniel Gatch, who works with the group. .
“Mics Up Guns Down” hopes to end the violence that plagues Louisville’s youth by presenting them with some of the possibilities for their future.
“Our main goal here is to introduce our children to something different from the streets, from violence,” said Pastor Leonard Boyd, organizer of the group.
“I love that they give them the opportunity to try something completely different that they might never have heard of,” said Taya Cowan, one of the class participants.
Cowan and Dahalia Seewright wanted to try the coding class and are happy to see so many young children getting involved.
“I’m glad we have classes like this, because when we were growing up you didn’t hear too much about it, and it’s great that a lot of kids come out and do it,” Seewright said.
Instructor Trevor Bowling is a friend of the organizers and was thrilled to have the chance to get involved and give back.
“I am very fortunate and hope to be able to pass what I have learned to these children,” Bowling said. “Because I can guarantee you there’s a ton of talent in this room right now.
“Mics Up Guns Down” is pleased with the attendance and plans to host more courses with other types of trades in the future.
“Giving these kids the opportunity to say not only that I can be successful here, but that I can use this skill and be successful anywhere, I think that’s huge,” Gatch said.
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