Churches across the nation are seeking to provide their members with computer literacy. Under an initiative created by Reverend Jesse Jackson's Rainbow PUSH Coalition, participating churches will work to forge a new generation of computer programmers.
According to USA Today, the organization is partnering with several churches that will house a tech lab to teach computer coding classes for young people. Known as FAITHTECH Labs, the initiative also provides access to computers to those of all ages.
"We have to get a whole new generation 'code ready' to produce thousands of young people who can fill the pipeline to the technology industry," Jackson said. "If not us, who will?"
FAITHTECH Labs is part of Rainbow PUSH's 1,000 Churches Connected program. It supplies technology to boost financial literacy and now technological proficiency. Jackson first conceptualized the initiative back in 2003 as an effort to bridge the digital divide. Now, he is back campaigning for Silicon Valley technology companies to increase hiring of African Americans and Hispanics.
The program is primarily focused on training young people for promising careers in the section.
So far, Rainbow PUSH has opened tech labs at Calvary Hill Community Church in San Franscisco, in its Chicago headquarters and in a church in Greenville, S.C.