Top model Karlie Kloss recently announced her new program, #KodeWithKarlie, to empower teen girls in technology. The announcement video released on Instagram asks girls to apply for a chance to win a scholarship to the Flatiron Pre-College Academy to learn computer coding.
“Code is only going to continue to play a major role in defining our future,” Kloss said in the video. “I think it’s crucial that young women learn to code as early as possible to ensure that we, as young women, have a voice and a stake in what the world looks like.”
The scholarship covers tuition to the academy’s two week summer course in Intro to Software Engineering.
Interested high school students are encouraged to upload a 60 sec video explaining to Kloss “how you imagine you’ll use your coding superpowers.”
After taking the software engineering course with the Flatiron Academy, Kloss is passionate about sharing the innovative power of technology with others. “You’ll be ready to take on the world,” Kloss said.
Ashland high school students Hannah Thomas-Garner and Sylvia Davis went missing nearly three months ago after attending a rural-area party. Police located Davis mere days after her disappearance, yet Thomas-Garner reunited with family only this week.
Thomas-Garner called her father, Jeff Garner, from Santa Cruz, California on Saturday.
“She called me and said, ‘dad I’m sorry, I put everyone through this,’” said Jeff Garner. “She said ‘I’m safe and I’m ready to come home,’ and I bought a ticket, and then I flew to Santa Cruz, and I picked her up and we are now together.”
According to police investigations, the two girls planned to run away with a third Ashland teen in November. The third girl eventually decided not to run away.
In December, Thomas-Garner’s car was found in Shasta City, California. She was later spotted hitchhiking on Interstate 5 near Dunsmuir, California, south of where her car was found.
Her disappearance surprised her parents, who described her as a good student, fond of drawing and photography.
Currently reunited with her father, Thomas-Garner has yet to release further comment.
High school students Hannah Thomas-Garner, 17, and Sylvia Davis, 15, went missing earlier this week.
Thomas-Garner was reported missing after she failed to return home from a party on Sunday, November 30. The following day, police found her car in Shasta City, California.
Since then, the teen was spotted hitchhiking on Interstate 5 near Dunsmuir, California, south of where her car was found. Surveillance footage from a convenience store in Redding shows a girl believed to be Thomas-Garner.
The runaway is described as blond with blue eyes, 5 feet 6 and 137 pounds. Her disappearance surprised her parents, who described her as a good student, fond of drawing and photography. The girl was recently diagnosed with a kidney infection and needs medication.
According to classmates, Davis also planned to run away prior to her disappearance earlier this week. Police are unsure whether or not Davis planned to travel with Thomas-Garner. No sightings of Davis have been reported.
Davis is 5 feet 9 inches tall, 105 pounds. She has dyed black dreadlocks and hazel eyes.
Officials ask that anyone with information on Thomas-Garner or Davis call the Ashland police department at 541-482-5211.
FACT Oregon, a non-profit organization which supports Oregon families with disabilities, will host a “Transition to Adulthood” seminar to provide resources for disabled teens and young adults as they seek employment and other adult services.
“Transition to Adulthood” will be held Thursday, November 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Capital Center (18640 NW Walker Road) in Beaverton.
The seminar is free and includes a light dinner. Both the meal and the space are provided by the Beaverton School District.
FACT Oregon is partnering with Washington County’s Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Washington County Developmental Disabilities, Independence Northwest, Self-Determination Resources Inc, and Disability Rights of Oregon to provide the following resources and training sessions:
– Employment opportunities
– A vision for life after school
– The role of the Individualized Education Program throughout the transition years
– The adult support services that are available for individuals who have disabilities
– Discussion of disability benefits
Jenny Cavarno, FACT Oregon’s Northwest program coordinator, said that the organization will be launching brand new curriculum this year. “This will be the first time we’ve done this particular training,” she said.
This year’s more extensive “Transition to Adulthood” training is made possible by federal grants which FACT Oregon uses to serve Oregon families with disabilities in various capacities. “In July of 2014, we received a grant from Oregon’s Department of Education to further shore up the support for families and one of the areas is the transition [years],” Cavarno said.