From Street Seller To Tech Intern

From Street Seller To Tech Intern

Published on 09/07/2021

From Street Seller to Tech Intern: CodeBrave's 2020 Impact Report

Meet Joseph*, a CodeBrave superstar who went from street seller to tech intern through hard work, dedication, and tech education.

In the above picture, Joseph was meeting his new boss, Basel, for the first time. He was also about to start a 5-month internship at Cherpa, a promising tech company in Beirut.

Joseph grew up in a shelter. When he walked through this door, it changed his life, helping him overcome years of abandonment and neglect. Many of his peers from similar backgrounds are not so lucky; they are in jail or stuck in exploitative work like militias and sex work. 

Tech education gave Joseph the opportunity to take another path. He went from street seller to a tech intern. After his first month, Basel praised Joseph as “a fast learner, a super hard-worker, and very focused.”

Next time you see a child working on the street, remember—there could be a brilliant young talent inside if only they were given the opportunity, training, and care.