Since the outbreak of COVID-19, over 1,000 engineers from companies such as Google, Microsoft and Amazon have signed up to teach coding lessons across the US and 30 countries.
Started by The Coding School, a tech education non-profit, the organisation is providing free online, one-on-one coding lessons to students who have been significantly affected by COVID-19.
Kiera Peltz, founder of The Coding School, said: “We’re on a mission to ensure coding education is accessible and empowering for all students.”
“Over the past three years, we’ve seen the power personalised coding education has in transforming students’ lives, and that’s why we want to make sure — especially now — students experiencing difficult times, have access to specialised coding instruction and mentorship.”
Instructors are professional software engineers from over 60 companies and university students — from undergraduates to Ph.D. candidates — at more than 100 universities, including Stanford, MIT, and Duke.
Students are matched with instructors with similar backgrounds, thus serving as not only instructors but also mentors.
While students benefit greatly from personalised instruction, instructors have found giving back has its own rewards.
Jiahan Yan, an instructor and also software engineer at Google, said: “This has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.”