Family, Friends, community leaders, and program partners came gathered at Democracy Prep High School on June 13th for the first Code for Life Capstone Dinner to celebrate the efforts of the two teams of students who presented their Vote for Harlem & Bottled Art websites! Students went through Code for Life’s Web Basic course where they learned HTML, CSS, collaboration, idea development, implementation, and presentation. They also learned to use the coding & communication tools of Git, GitHub, and Slack. Each team chose their topic and its mission, content, & design. Each member had a role in the design and development of their sites.

 Before the students presented Code for Life Founder Chris Troy shared about the mission of Code for Life. Program partners Francisco Lantigua of Operation Equivalency and Maria Cruz of Taino Towers spoke about the importance of the partnership. Code for Life Lead Instructor Brandon Baah then showed everyone the code students used to design their sites and describe the importance of the technology field and how it can empower our young people to be creators & makers not just consumers & users of technology!

 After the Vote for Harlem and Bottled Art presented students were awarded laptops so they can continue to grow as creators & makers. Pastor Jose Humphrys of Metro Hope Church closed us out in prayer. Afterwards, there were hugs, smiles, and pictures! It was a fun celebration of the gifts our young people have!


Bottled Art

Bottled Art is an online art gallery dedicated to increasing the visibility of the great art and artists of Harlem.


VFH is an online polling platform that ensures that the voices of Harlem are heard