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#GiveCode on #GivingTuesday

December 1, 2015 by

Code/Interactive is hard at work this year making sure that over 600 students from low-income high schools in New York City are getting access to computer science and coding education.  Here are some reasons to #GiveCode this #GivingTuesday from the beginning of our school year:

1) C/I is training new computer science teachers: C/I is focused on training outstanding computer science teachers with the best materials and resources as a part of Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s #CS4All initiative, so we adopted Exploring Computer Science this year, a curriculum backed by the National Science Foundation to broaden participation in CS. We trained 27 teachers at 20 schools this year to deliver Exploring Computer Science and Intro to Web Development to over 600 students.

2) C/I is educating the next generation of diverse tech entrepreneurs: We already organized an education technology themed hackathon on October 10th at the Fordham Foundry with sponsors and supporters like Knewton, Major League Hacking, Udacity, Treehouse, Code School, and Coursehorse. City Council Member Ritchie Torres served as a judge and students won amazing educational experiences and coding course from our sponsors. There are three more Code/Interactive product development workshops scheduled for this year!

3) C/I is preparing low-income students for tech careers: All of our 20 schools have already gone on career-focused tech company office tours, from BuzzFeed to Microsoft and everywhere in between! They heard from outstanding leaders like FourSquare’s Dennis Crowley while they imagined themselves working in those same offices using the great skills that they’re learning at C/I.

4) C/I is growing our passionate staff: Starting as a small team at the beginning of the year, Code/Interactive has grown to include five full-time staff members, including Development Director Chris Ott and Program Managers Jen Noborikawa and Peter Jablonski, all former teachers bringing great experience and passion to the C/I family. We happily continue to employ several former C/I students, although they keep getting awesome jobs — like Katherin Flores, who recently became an engineer at Lockheed Martin — read Katherin’s inspiring story here on Medium.

5) C/I is celebrating diversity in tech: We are hosting the first annual #DiversityInTech Awards in February at The Bowery Hotel as a Social Media Week headline event. Get excited and purchase tickets before they sell out!

Want to #GiveCode this #GivingTuesday?  Click here to visit our C/I Crowdrise Page to invest in the future of our growing non-profit.

Want to get involved?  E-mail [email protected] to volunteer with our students.


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