Shown Above: Shalyn Lisson-Smith (Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs), Jennifer Park (TELUS), Anne Kirkpatrick (TELUS Board), Sarah Anne Taylor (United Way SIBC), Piper Smiley (CODEanagan participant), Helena Jordo (Okanagan College), and Alex Goodhew (Accelerate Okanagan).   

 June 3, 2019 (Kelowna, BC) – The United Way CODEanagan program got a significant boost last week from the TELUS Friendly Future Foundation with a grant for $18,380. The funds go towards the operation of CODEanagan which gives youth aged 16-22 hands-on learning opportunities and coaching in the emerging tech sector. Spearheaded by United Way, CODEanagan program partners include Accelerate Okanagan, Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs, and Okanagan College. In 2018, over 100 youth registered for 8 bootcamps. This pilot showed encouraging results and spring bootcamps just ended with great attendance once again. Another set of bootcamps are scheduled for the fall.

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 ABOUT UNITED WAY Southern Interior BC:

United Way Southern Interior BC serves communities across the Okanagan, Columbia, Shuswap and Similkameen – formed by the merger of United Way CSO and United Way NOCS, United Way SIBC builds on over 65 years of community investment. Our mission is to improve lives and build community by engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action. The United Way invests time and resources in three focus areas that support all that kids can be, move people from poverty to possibility and build healthy, strong communities.  For more information, visit or call 1-855-232-1321 or in the North Okanagan: 1-866-GIVE4UW.