The Next Step is a creative agency of BIPOC high school students from underserved communities in California and New York, working with professional mentors from CodeSpeak Labs. The agency gives students real-world professional experience doing web development and social media marketing for mission-driven organizations.
Students work closely with mentors, including professional graphic designers and web developers. The program prioritizes students achieving milestones of a professional workplace and gaining practical, applicable skills that allow students to make a career out of their passions without a college degree. The Next Step enables students to use their passion for art and technology in ways that directly translate into real-world experience, impact, and a paycheck.
“Students told us that the continued lockdown made them feel like their dreams and goals were on hold. They felt stuck. At the same time, they found solace in social media and creating digital art at home.” – Jen Chiou, Founder, CodeSpeak Labs
For more information about CodeSpeak Labs and The Next Step, go to codespeaklabs.com/the-next-step.