Remember the name of D.J. Comeaux because it’s going to be big one day. This 12-year-old saw the need for more education-based programs in his hometown and decided to fill the void. D.J. launched an initiative called Afro Bot Boyz that focuses on connecting African-American youth with the wonders of technology.
“I want it to become something everyone can rely on,” he shares with local media. “He’s me, basically, with no glasses,” D.J. says of his initiative’s icon. The image of a boy winking at his public is quite catchy and exciting.
“He’s winking to let anyone looking at him know it’s going to be okay,” D.J. says. “I wanted to boost the confidence of people that look like me, more likely to be interested in being in robotics.”
Surprisingly enough, Black Panther inspired D.J. to pursue his vision of a more tech-savvy world for young boys like him. “[I was inspired] not by Black Panther the superhero, but his sister Shurie,” the 12-year-old tells media. “She used to create all of the designs and technology so I kind of really like that.”
Kayann Comeaux, D.J.’s mother, also comments on her son’s efforts. “We support this industry, why are we not supporting them to create and work behind the scenes and create the coding, the tech, and the language to have their own companies,” she asks. “A lot of times children lack confidence for various reasons, so to have confidence in this, in something that’s smart, educational and maybe not as popular,” Kayann continues. “Black Panther gave him confidence to be that guy behind the boards.”
D.J. Comeaux may be the next tech billionaire. Keep a lookout for this young man!