Despite talent and motivation, millions of young adults in this country, particularly from underrepresented background, lack opportunities and access to higher education. Many attend schools that are unable to nurture their excellence and provide them with quality instruction, access to technology and exposure to STEM professionals.
In California, for example, nearly 75% of high schools with the highest percentage of underrepresented students offer no computer science courses. Less than 3% of these schools offer the AP Computer Science course, despite the fact that computer science proficiency is among one of the most important job skills in Silicon Valley and beyond. Promising students with the fewest resources need the most support.