New Jersey, girl, 11, is a poet, computer coder and a finalist for Time’s ‘Kid of the Year’


Ife Joseph is 11 years old. She is a poet, computer coder and a finalist fo Time’s ‘Kid of the Year”.

She has read her work on stage and designed an app as part of a collaboration between MIT and the group Black Girls Code. This spring, she was nominated to be Time magazine’s “Kid of the Year” and was named one of 50 finalists out of 5,000 applicants.

According to, last spring, she was part of a “hackathon” between MIT and Black Girls Code, the California-based nonprofit designed to combat the scarcity of black women in technology. On the last day of the coding marathon, the university invited participants to enter a contest to design an app focused on specific social themes. She signed up and created an app called “Mental Health for Social Justice,” a digital journal for kids. With prompts and positive affirmations, the app makes it easier for kids to express their feelings and experiences around racial injustice. 

“I like to create a universe that simplifies a problem, such as the lack of Black history in schools,” Ife said. 

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