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Ne-Yo invests $2.5m into coding school and joins board to help get more black young people into tech

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NE-YO HAS invested $2.5 million into a coding school teaching the next generation of engineers.

The money will go to the Holberton School for full-stack software engineers and will see Ne-Yo also join the school’s board of trustees in order to help attract people from underrepresented groups to learn how to code.

“Everybody knows that tech and all these things are the wave of the future,” Ne-Yo told TechCrunch. “I just love the fact of what they’re doing with the school — that they’re making it easier for underrepresented people in the world of tech. They’re giving them a platform and access to this knowledge that they probably wouldn’t get otherwise. I think that’s one of the coolest things about this whole situation.”

Tech Crunch reports that unlike other coding schools, Holberton “doesn’t take your money until you find a job”.

Additionally, Holberton’s current class is 40 per cent female and 53 per cent people of colour.

“I’m definitely going to be hands on,” he said. “I don’t know if i’m going to do every day because there’s this little music career thing that i’ve got going on,” he joked. “So there’s that but i’m definitely going to be hands on.”

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