Tragically, Courtney Brousseau passed away in May 2020. We have left his mentor profile up to showcase the impact he had on those around him, including the kids he worked with through Breakout Mentors who were learning to code. To learn more about Courtney, please see our short article Remembering Courtney’s Dedication. There you will find links to several publications that delve into his character and charity efforts.
Courtney has been a mentor for over 2 years, continuously providing his students the opportunity to learn and make exciting projects. He started as a freshman at UC Berkeley where he is studying Public Policy and minoring in Computer Science. He was voted most likely to be president one day by the Breakout Mentors founder Brian!
Let’s get to know him a bit better:
When did you start to code?
I started to code in middle school learning Scratch in my technology class. I loved it so much I spent time outside of class working on side projects like recreating Angry Birds and Plants vs. Zombies.
Why is it important for kids to start coding when young?
Learning to code is like learning another language. You have to learn new words and syntax and train your brain to think in new ways. The earlier you start, the easier it is to learn.
What advice do you have for kids learning how to code?
There are a lot of ways to learn to code. Whether you’re making a Twitter bot, building a website, or recreating an arcade game, you’ll learn the most by working on projects that excite you!
Losing such an impressive young man is a tragedy and loss for everyone. If you knew Courtney and there is any way we can help with the grieving process, please don’t hesitate to contact us here.