Afterschool Coding For All
The Coding For All campaign expands our coding program throughout California to reach over 200,000 kids from traditionally under-resourced communities.
Coding For All will seek to raise 3.2 million dollars to launch new coding programs in 35 districts in 305 schools throughout California. Currently only 13% of our sites have access to sufficient technology to support coding programs during afterschool. Funding will provide for laptops and coding robotics kits, staffing, training and infrastructure. And we’re forming key partnerships for the expansion, including Code.org, 9 Dots and Girls Who Code.
“I’m impressed by the quality of the coding program at Kranz Intermediate in the Think Together program,” says Kranz Intermediate Principal David Herrera, whose school launched one of the pilot coding programs. “Our students are developing their critical thinking skills and problem-solving skills as they learn how to code. They are fully engaged in the creation of coding programs and can articulate the logic behind their creations.”
Coding is the language of technology, used to create websites, computer software and apps. Teaching kids how to code builds vital skills for students’ academic success, sparks interest in STEM subjects, and prepares kids for college and career. Teaching coding also helps toward overcoming gender barriers – according to the National Center for Women & Information Technology, only 25% of women in the USA hold computing jobs.
Coding For All will make sure kids from under-resourced communities have equal opportunities to compete with their peers for jobs.
Because all kids deserve a great education that prepares them for college and career.
“Think Together is thrilled to launch this exciting campaign,” said Think Together CEO/Founder Randy Barth, “We want all kids to be ready for the future job market regardless of what neighborhood they come from.”