A Twin Cities nonprofit is planning to open a new learning center in 2020 to teach computer coding to young people of color in the metropolitan area.

The New Vision Foundation will open the center in St. Paul in spring, founder and executive director Hussein Farah said recently. With the new space will come new classes open to young adults ages 16 to 28, he said, in addition to offerings already available to school-age youth.

Seated at a coffee shop in Southeast Minneapolis, Farah said that now is an “exciting time” for the 3-year-old organization. “We just want people to know that we are here to stay,” he said.

Farah launched the foundation in 2016 several years after he departed from the African Development Center, a financial counseling organization in Minneapolis he helped to establish in 2003. Born in Somalia and raised in Kenya, Farah said he moved to Minnesota in the early 2000s after earning his master’s degree in management information systems and working in that field for a time in Washington, D.C. He said that he was inspired to make the move after reading news articles on Minnesota’s Somali communities.

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