A co-founder and former board member of The LGBT Center of St. Louis received some special recognition from President Barack Obama Monday morning in Washington, D.C.
TECHLI reports that President Obama recognized LaunchCode candidate LaShana Lewis as part of the White House Tech Hire Initiative. LaunchCode is a non-profit organization that creates pathways to economic opportunity and upward mobility through apprenticeships and job placement in technology:
Lewis, who served on the Center board from its founding until 2011,  grew up in East St. Louis and worked as a bus driver before finding LaunchCode in 2014. After completing programming classes through CoderGirl, LaunchCode’s all-female meet-up, Lewis worked on an apprentice basis with MasterCard, which eventually hired her full-time.
“Sometimes minorities and people of color can feel left out of the tech field," said Lewis. "What’s incredible about LaunchCode is that it’s open to anyone who is willing to work hard. The only thing that was similar about the people at CoderGirl was that we were all different; there were young people, older people, women who could afford to stay home with their kids and others who worked almost non¬stop but still made time to complete coding classes. LaunchCode gave me an opportunity to change my life, and I know they’re going to do the same for a lot more people like me.”
Whatch video here. 

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