Young Futurists 2015 (The Root)


Kaya Thomas ’17 is one of the 25 trailblazers recognized in The Root’s annual list of top young futurists. “It is our tradition to recognize and celebrate African-American men and women, ages 16-22, who are forging a path to future greatness,” notes the website.

Thomas, a computer science major, developed the app, We Read Too. “It is so important for black children and all children of color to read books where the characters look like them so they feel included and represented,” Thomas tells The Root. “There are several authors of color telling our stories through writing, and with my app, I hoped to give them and their characters the spotlight.”

At Dartmouth, the article notes, Thomas is a student programmer in the Tiltfactor Laboratory. She has also launched her own YouTube channel, Code with Kaya.

Read the full story, published 2/10/15 by The Root.

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