Other initiatives to get involved in.
The Duke of York Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award, known as iDEA, aims to equip young people with digital and enterprise skills. Wherever they are – on the bus, in the library, at school or in their bedroom, young people can access resources to inspire them for their future careers and help unlock their potential.
The iDEA approach sets young people up for success in the world of work, and beneﬁts all users, whether they come from the most disadvantaged backgrounds or well supported homes and schools.
Inspired by The Duke of Edinburgh Award (which has supported 8 million young people since its inception), The Duke of York Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award has devoted its ﬁrst year as a CIC to developing an online platform which is built to scale safely and sustainably.
iDEA learners take on digital or event challenges and immediately start accumulating points towards their Bronze, Silver or Gold Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award.
For more information and to sign up to take part: https://idea.org.uk/
At Code Club, they think all children should have the opportunity to learn to code, no matter who they are or where they come from.
This is why they support a nationwide network of volunteers and educators who run free coding clubs where young people aged 9-13 build and share their ideas, learning along the way.
They currently have more than 10000 clubs in over 100 countries, and our club projects have been translated into 28 languages.
Their projects are easy to follow, step-by-step guides which help young people learn Scratch, HTML & CSS, and Python by making games, animations, and websites. The projects gradually introduce coding concepts to allow young people to build their knowledge incrementally, which also means there’s no need for the adult running the session to be a computing expert.
Codeclub also support active clubs with a range of extra resources, including certificates and posters, as well as offering competitions and prize draws for them.
For more information or to see where your local code club is see here; https://www.codeclub.org.uk/
InnovateHer is a movement dedicated to giving girls aged 11-17 the self-belief and skills needed to pursue a career in technology.
Working predominately in disadvantaged areas, they use industry role models, events and schools-based Academies to reverse gender inequality, improve digital skills and invest in the future of our young people.
Because everyone, regardless of background or identity, should have the freedom and opportunity to pursue any future they choose.
To request a programme for your school or find out more see here; www.innovateher.co.uk
Apps for Good is a technology education movement and our mission is to grow the problem-solvers and digital makers of tomorrow. We aim to equip young people with the right digital and entrepreneurial skills to create technology for good, benefiting their communities and transforming their worlds.
We upskill educators via our online CPD to deliver our App Development and Internet of Things courses to their students. Students are then challenged to come up with any problem or issue they are passionate about within their communities and learn how to solve it through building a digital product. Through the Apps for Good programme students learn not just vital technical skills but furthermore the enterprise and employability skills to design, market, launch and pitch their products solving real-world problems.
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