In one of the world’s greatest democracies, children are killed in broad daylight in front of their parents, on the steps of churches, and on the way to and from school, at rates that are unconscionable.
While the rate of youth homicide has reduced dramatically since the mid- 1990’s, HOMICIDE REMAINS THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH among youth ages 10-24 in the United States.
Violent urban centers are one of the most intractable problems that face our society, rapidly creating two divergent Americas.
Today, 6.7 million youth are defined by what they lack.They are:
- Not enrolled or at risk of dropping out of school
- Under-resourced, un-banked, and un-employed
- In the justice system, homeless, or in foster care
THEIR MAIN REFUGE FROM THE STREETS? EMERGENCY ROOMS , WHERE NEARLY 10% END UP EACH YEAR.
If you are Black, American Indian, or Hispanic, you are six to nine times more likely than white children to be one of them,
DESTINED TO LIVE IN AREAS OF CONCENTRATED POVERTY.
How can it be that in a wired era, we are creating a generation labeled by experts as
WHO WE ARE
CODE THE STREETS is the first social accelerator that provides startups cash, resources and mentors to solve the most acute problems facing inner city youth.
2015 Action Plan
In 2015 we will mentor five technology startups to energize President Obama’s $350m MY BROTHER’S KEEPER program.
Our agile accelerator program will create self-sustaining companies that build tools that are immediately accessible for inner city youth.
JOIN US: WE ARE RECRUITING FIVE TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES TO BECOME CHARTER MEMBERS TO LAUNCH THIS INITIATIVE.
Founder, Code The Streets
I founded CODE THE STREETS because I refuse to accept the terrible reality that each day in America, youth are killed on the way to school and imprisoned by streets around them.
Given the vast majority of youth over age 14 have access to the Internet, why isn’t this connectivity able to provide access to a world beyond their dangerous neighborhoods?
The answer is deeply personal, and one to which I've dedicated my life. The reality is I could have been any of these kids at any time.
I BELIEVE TECHNOLOGY CAN GIVE YOUTH A CHANCE –JUST AS I GOT– TO RISE ABOVE THE CHALLENGES OF THE MOST VIOLENT STREETS IN THE US.
RAJIV P. DALAL