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About the Program

4 weeks | 20 students | September 25 - October 25, 2017
The Next Gen Apps program is a FREE training in application development for the gigabit internet environment with young people in Detroit's Southwest, Islandview, and North End neighborhoods. The initial 4-week training will teach app development concepts and basic coding skills such as CSS, HTML, Javascript, and Node.js.

A second 6-week phase of training will provide an opportunity for 6 graduates of the first round to develop advanced skills. Working with professional technologists, youth will prototype applications for their neighborhoods that leverage the power of the Gigabit environment and encourage collaboration, problem solving, and creativity among neighbors. Youth who participate in this 2nd phase will earn a laptop so they can continue to use their newfound skills, along with marketable skills which will set them on a path to obtaining or creating jobs in the growing tech industry.

Project Goals


  • Students will connect their passion for technology and coding with community needs using coding language to create collective, innovative solutions.
  • Students will learn fundamental web development logic and concepts to be implemented in the design of a functioning web app.
  • Students will be exposed to and practice using CSS, HTML, Javascript, and Node.js coding languages.
  • Students will learn to navigate computers and utilize programs and shortcuts to speed up development time.
  • Students will explore and increase awareness of available career options in the tech Field.
  • Students will understand how the skills they have gained can be expanded through exploration and self-guided learning.

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Skills Students Will Leave WIth


  • How to assemble components
  • Pulling, committing, and pushing to GitHub repositories
  • Proficiently navigating a computer and utilizing the programs, and shortcuts to speed up development time
  • Logic skills to solve programming problems
  • Problem-solving skills such as breaking problems into manageable parts
  • Ability to commit and retrieve code from github and collaborate with other programmers
  • Ability to identify what needs are present in their community and how they can address them through app development

Grace in Action

Students: Apply now!

Trainings at Grace in Action will take place Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 4:15 - 6:30pm. Before applying, please make sure you are able to attend these weekly classes.

Contact meghan@graceinactiondetroit.org with questions or for more information.

NewCC

Students: Apply now!

Trainings at WNUC radio will take place 4:15 - 6:30 pm on Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays. Before applying, please make sure you are able to attend these weekly classes.
Contact revjoan1949@gmail.com with questions or for more information.

BLVD Harambee

Students: Apply now!

Trainings at Church of the Messiah will take place 4:15 - 6:30 pm on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. Before applying, please make sure you are able to attend these weekly classes.
Contact wallyg@blvharambee.org with questions or for more information.

Apply to Be an Instructor!

Send a cover letter, resume, and three references to communitytech@alliedmedia.org no later than midnight, August 11th. Please make sure to identify which neighborhood you would like to work in. We ask that you apply to the neighborhoods you are familiar with and show that familiarity in your resume or cover letter somehow.