2020 Award Recipient


Project canCode

Location Boca Raton, FL

Issue Area Education | Technology

Computer programming is the key that can unlock the doors of opportunity for careers in technology. Noah began learning to code at a young age and soon discovered how expensive and inaccessible coding programs were for underserved children. He sought to bridge that divide by creating canCode, a nonprofit organization that hosts teen-led workshops in computer programming for children who have reduced access to high-quality extracurricular activities. canCode includes a peer mentorship component that offers teenagers valuable volunteer experience as coding teachers and mentors to elementary-aged children.

Partnering with local community centers and after-school programs, canCode has now served over 300 students, enlisted and trained 17 volunteer teachers, and recently expanded to ten sites. Noah has successfully transitioned to teaching online workshops due to COVID-19 and has used this as an opportunity to expand his reach and impact on children through new partnerships.

canCode workshops are a fun and exciting way for underserved elementary schoolers to learn computer programming through the building of their own video games and projects. As canCode has expanded, I've empowered other teenagers to volunteer and deliver these workshops to hundreds of students.

Noah Rubin
Rubin poses in front of a large group of about 30 elementary age children wearing red camp tshirts. The children are holding a banner that says "I heart can code".



canCode offers computer programming workshops and facilitated peer mentorship for children who lack access to or cannot afford extracurricular activities.

The cancode logo is gold and blue block letters with a green flag between two of the letters.