OnE (Opportunity and Equity) Philadelphia is a city-wide initiative focused on creating an equitable tech and innovation ecosystem for underrepresented Philadelphia residents.

Image credit: Chris Kendig Photography

As the founder and CEO of Coded by Kids, I have built an organization that focuses on creating long–term transformative change through technology and innovation education. My work and my life center around building true equity for populations underrepresented in tech. My organization addresses the roots of systemic racial inequity by making long–term commitments to our young people and ensuring they have access to the futures they deserve.

When you look at our city, there are two vastly…


by Sylvester Mobley

Only approximately 0.03% of high school seniors will ever be drafted into the NBA. That’s three players per every 10,000. The percentage is even lower in the WNBA and NFL.

So why are so many young people from underrepresented communities setting their sights on a nearly impossible goal?

The Power of an Alluring Influence

Youth from underrepresented communities often believe that if they’re going to make it big, it’s either going to be in sports or entertainment. It’s an understandable connection, given that many of the most visible members of the Black community have excelled in those…


Insights from the Founder and CEO of Coded by Kids

Elizabeth Eckford, 15, of The Little Rock Nine (September 4, 1975)

The Coded by Kids mission is the same today as when we started, focused on providing a path to entrepreneurship and leadership positions in tech for underrepresented young people to change their future and future generations to come. Our work centers around equity so we are going to have an honest conversation about the results of unaddressed racial inequity and oppression. We are going to talk about how this connects to our work and why what we do is so important.

There are protests and unfortunately rioting and looting happening in cities throughout the country including Philadelphia. While I do…


1Philadelphia is a city-wide initiative focused on creating an equitable tech and innovation ecosystem for underrepresented Philadelphia residents.

Image credit: Chris Kendig Photography

As the founder and CEO of Coded by Kids, I have built an organization that focuses on creating long–term transformative change through technology and innovation education. My work and my life center around building true equity for populations underrepresented in tech. My organization addresses the roots of systemic racial inequity by making long–term commitments to our young people and ensuring they have access to the futures they deserve.

When you look at our city, there are two vastly different realities Philadelphians experience connected to the color of their skin. In one Philadelphia, the education, justice, and economic systems work against…


Insights from the Founder and CEO of Coded by Kids

Elizabeth Eckford, 15, of The Little Rock Nine (September 4, 1975)

The Coded by Kids mission is the same today as when we started, focused on providing a path to entrepreneurship and leadership positions in tech for underrepresented young people to change their future and future generations to come. Our work centers around equity so we are going to have an honest conversation about the results of unaddressed racial inequity and oppression. We are going to talk about how this connects to our work and why what we do is so important.

There are protests and unfortunately rioting and looting happening in cities throughout the country including Philadelphia. While I do…


What happens when we allow companies to put the burden of fixing problems they create on the people who they impact

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Before I dive into my reasons for not making the business case for diversity in tech, I want to say there are very clear, researched, and well-documented benefits that tech companies gain by ensuring they are diverse organizations. I’m just not going to talk about them.

From time to time, I am invited to speak about the issues surrounding the lack of diversity, equity, and inclusion in tech. Each time, I’m asked to make the business case for diversity. That seems like a fairly reasonable thing to ask. The tech industry isn’t diverse, we want it to become more diverse…

Sylvester Mobley

Founder and CEO of youth tech and innovation education nonprofit Coded by Kids. Frequently talk about education program design, service design, equity in tech.

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