How a free computer changed this Harlem teen’s life


The promise of a new laptop – that’s what lured Mamadou Diallo into taking his first coding course.

That was three years ago – and the new Windows computer and weekend workshop have helped Diallo’s future look very, very bright.

Diallo, 17, hosts hackathons for teens, teaches other underprivileged kids how to code at the Knowledge House, and takes a full course load of AP classes. He’s captured the attention of Stanford University, where he’s been offered a full ride.

But the road to Stanford wasn’t exactly paved for him.

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