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The smartwatch on the little girl’s wrist is off by about four hours. She’s not sure how to fix it, but that’s OK. She only uses it to count her steps.

In the three-bedroom home she shares with six people in Daly City, there is no computer. There used to be one, the 9-year-old said, but her parents sold it.

Just a few years ago, Kimberly Ceras learned English at school. Now, she’s learning coding at church.

The soon-to-be fourth-grader was the first in her class to finish building her own website — a simple riff on Facebook’s original wall format, complete with a profile picture and messages she and others can post — in Calvary Hill Community Church’s summer coding camp.

The Bayview neighborhood, one of the first in the country to host free coding classes for members of the congregation and surrounding community, is being used as a model for a national initiative to bring technology training to historically black churches.

The project — dubbed FaithTech2020 by Jesse Jackson, whose Rainbow Push Coalition is leading the effort — begins this month with five churches. One is in Chicago; one is in Jackson’s hometown of Greenville, S.C.; and three are in the Bay Area: Calvary Hill in San Francisco, Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church in Richmond and Greater St. Paul Church in Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood.

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Discussion: Black Churches Are Introducing Coding Classes to Their Communities and Beyond  was originally published on praisecleveland.com