Web Development Program Allows Youth To Support Small Businesses, Gain Skills – Seattle Medium

Pictured above is a screenshot of the home page of Mama Sambusa Kitchen’s new website that was designed by
a student in the Office of Economic Development and Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle’s Youth Web Design
Program. The program provides an opportunity for students of color to learn web design and create websites for
Black-owned, small businesses that were without or had a limited web presence prior to the pandemic.

By Aaron Allen, The Seattle Medium

The City of Seattle, through the Office of Economic Development (OED), and the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle recently launched their Youth Web Design Program to introduced local high school students to the world of website design, while providing an opportunity to help local small business owners at the same time. The Urban League along with city leaders recently showcased the results of their hard work and highlighted the benefits to our local business community.

“The past year has brought unprecedented challenges to everyone in our city but it has been even more challenging for our Black and African American youth and small business owners, who have been disproportionately impacted by the economic downturn during COVID-19,” said Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan. “The Youth Web Design Program teaches Seattle’s BIPOC youth new skills while simultaneously providing assistance to Black owned businesses who need it most.”

As part of the program, OED located 16 Black-owned, small businesses that were in need of a website