My name is William Barkoff and I am an eighth grader in New York City. I created Honor With Code in recognition of my 13th birthday. My brother and I have always been grateful to our country’s military, and have worked closely with Wounded Warrior Project for years to raise awareness and funds for the issues facing injured servicemen and women.
As my 13th birthday approached, I felt that it was time to do more than I ever had in the past. I thought about my interests and strengths in technology, specifically programming, and how I could combine them with helping those who have served our nation. With this in mind, I created a plan to give back to those heroes who put their lives at risk everyday to keep us safe and keep our country free. I created Honor With Code.
Our nation’s veterans have given up years of their lives to serve, and they should not be behind in the rapidly changing world of technology when they return. Skills in computer programming and technologies are required for many jobs in today’s market. Our service members have learned vital skills in their military service, but I want to make sure that they are up to date in the latest coding and programming technologies. Veterans have very strong problem solving abilities that they can put to use in a new career with new challenges. In teaming up with Code School and Wounded Warrior Project I have created a program that will allow veterans to learn highly marketable skills in the growing technology industry. Veterans can work from their own home or hospital, at their own pace.
Thanks to scholarships provided by Code School, an online school that teaches coding and programming, we are able to begin our pilot program.