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Computer Science Education Initiatives
Building products that serve diverse communities starts with building a diverse workforce. Building a diverse workforce starts with ensuring that students from underrepresented communities have access to educational opportunities designed to inspire and empower them to pursue a career in the tech industry. Facebook invests in computer science (CS) education initiatives that we believe will deepen the skills of future engineering graduates, helping them understand the immense opportunity that exists in the tech field and prepare for a career in tech.

Engineer in Residence

Through this program, Facebook engineers design and teach college computer science courses and help develop extracurricular programming to cultivate rigorous and inclusive computer science communities at institutions whose student populations include significant numbers of underrepresented groups of people.

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Above and Beyond Computer Science (ABCS)

This regional workshop series gives students ongoing and applied practice to reinforce content knowledge, skills, and mindsets to master technical interviews. Students review computer science concepts, learn crucial interviewing skills, and build their confidence by participating in mock coding interviews. 76% of our inaugural class earned internships or full-time jobs!

United Negro College Fund

A team from Facebook is designing coursework for the United Negro College Fund Computer Science Summer Academy for 30 rising sophomores. Facebook will also co-host the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Computer Science Faculty Institute to offer computer science faculty professional development.

CodePath.org

We’ve partnered with CodePath to help them scale their multi-year coding programs to more than 2,000 computer science students at over 20 schools, including public and private universities and community colleges with robust numbers of students from underrepresented groups. Our sponsorship helps CodePath encourage more students to major in computer science, increase the number of students who graduate, and improve employability of graduates in CS roles.

Rotational Engineering

Our year-long rotational engineering program is designed to help programmers and software engineers from all backgrounds reach their full potential. The goal of the program is to help participants accelerate their professional growth and build skills they can use for the rest of their careers, learning about huge-scale distributed architecture and Facebook’s open graph technology concepts while benefiting from the mentorship of quality engineers.

Computer Science Education Initiatives
Students are empowered to develop their computer science skills through Facebook's education initiatives and partnerships.
K-12 Computer Science Education Programs
Aside from supporting underrepresented communities who will more immediately join the workforce, we know early exposure and support is key. That’s why we offer a number of computer science education programs aimed at introducing and inspiring K-12 students to become the creators behind the technology they consume.

Tech Prep

TechPrep is a free website that helps people discover computer programming, learn about jobs available to programmers, and get started building programming skills.

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CodeFwd

CodeFWD is a free online program by Facebook for US teachers and non-profits working with 4th through 8th graders that uses videos and other activities to inspire interest in the field of computer programming.

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Facebook University

Facebook University is a hands-on, immersive internship program that enables students from underrepresented communities to get to know Facebook’s people, products, and services. In just eight weeks, the program gives interns in engineering, analytics, product design, operations, and global marketing solutions the opportunity to make a real impact and help redefine how the world connects.

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Engineer For The Week

Facebook’s Engineer for the Week is an immersive program for youth ages 13+ that introduces students to the fast-paced world of engineering. Through project-based experiences, EFTW hopes to inspire the next generation of diverse engineers.

Facebook Summer Academy

This summer externship program for high school students from Menlo Park, East Palo Alto, and San Francisco provides students the opportunity to learn about day-to-day operations at Facebook by being part of our dynamic workforce. Our goal is to inspire and motivate young people to achieve economic success, stability, and mobility through skills development and early career exploration in the tech industry.

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Align

The Align program, offered by Northeastern’s Khoury College of Computer Sciences, is a master’s in computer science degree program for people who didn’t study computer science at the undergraduate level and who don’t have programming experience. Align students take advantage of rigorous academic bridge courses that prepare them to take on master’s level coursework. They can also participate in a program that allows them to get four to eight months of real-world experience with one of our industry partners. Facebook has invested in the Align program and is working to help launch a consortium of schools to scale this innovative program across the country.

Economic Opportunity Programs
Building for all means providing opportunity for all. Through programs dedicated to helping people build their skills, grow their businesses, and access the internet, we help our communities thrive.

Libra

Moving money around globally should be as easy and cost-effective as (and even more safe and secure than) sending a text message or sharing a photo, no matter where you live, what you do, or how much you earn. The world truly needs a reliable digital currency and infrastructure that together can deliver on the promise of “the internet of money.” Libra’s mission is to enable a simple global currency and financial infrastructure that empowers billions of people.

Access at Facebook

Access is Facebook’s commitment to providing access to opportunity for our people in the neighborhoods that surround our company headquarters in Menlo Park. Through the access to employment and career development resources of Access, we build our shared community with our neighbors in East Palo Alto, Belle Haven, and North Fair Oaks.

Boost with Facebook

Boost with Facebook is a suite of tools and training programs dedicated to helping small businesses grow and equipping more people with the digital skills they need to compete for jobs in the digital economy. When small businesses grow and hire, our communities benefit.

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Level Up

As part of our mission to accelerate the economic impact and success of of underrepresented communities, Level Up is a program that provides the opportunity for minority-owned companies, causes, and creators to receive training and mentorship from Facebook employees.

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SheMeansBusiness

#SheMeansBusiness is a space for entrepreneurial women to make valuable connections, share advice and move forward, together.

Supplier Diversity Program

Having diverse suppliers helps us build better products for our global community. Our vision is to transform the way businesses connect with their customers, with each other, and with tools and resources to grow. Facebook Supplier Diversity helps diverse-owned companies do business with Facebook and the people and communities that we connect.

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Facebook Connectivity

High-quality internet connectivity not only gives people a voice—it creates opportunities to share knowledge that can strengthen both local communities and global economies. Providing connectivity lies at the heart of Facebook’s mission to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. Visit the Facebook Connectivity website to see the details of our initiatives and find stories about how we’re addressing global connectivity challenges to build opportunity for people, businesses, and communities around the world.

Economic Opportunity Programs
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Public Policy and External Affairs Programs
Facebook’s external affairs initiatives are designed to help us build platforms that give people a voice while still keeping our communities safe. The public policy and external affairs teams gather diverse input that represents a wide variety of perspectives—at Facebook and in our communities—to strengthen our policies, processes, and products.

Civil Rights Audit

Advancing civil rights is core to Facebook’s mission and will benefit us all. In 2018, Facebook undertook a civil rights audit guided by Laura Murphy, highly respected civil rights and civil liberties leader, and more than 90 leading civil rights organizations. As a result of this audit’s findings, we have updated a number of policies, procedures, and product features designed to prohibit voter suppression, hate, and discrimination. The audit remains ongoing, and we are committed to continuing to strengthen and advance civil rights on our platforms.

Network of Support

The Network of Support (NOS) includes six leading advocacy organizations that advise Facebook on issues that affect the LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning) community on our platforms. The NOS has provided feedback on Facebook’s content policies and community standards (for example, our authentic names policy). We’ve also worked with the NOS to launch educational initiatives, and product features like our custom gender options and Pride photo filter. NOS organizations include: