CodeStart Scholarships

$246,378 of $350k goal

Raised by 409 people in 13 months
Rodney Sampson  ATLANTA, GA

#CodeStart is a 13 month coding, entrepreneurship, career readiness and financial readiness program innovated by Atlanta Workforce Development Agency, TechSquare Labs and Opportunity Hub. Our current cohort includes 17 disconnected youth and under-employed young adults from neighborhoods in the City of Atlanta. Over the 13 month period, the students commit to a 12 week fulltime, immersive coding bootcamp in which they learn Java. After successful completion, they receive career readiness, culture fit and financial literacy training. At that point, we work with the students to gain employment as a junior entry level computer programmer/developer/engineer. It gets better as the students will then participate in a part-time entrepreneurial pre-accelerator and incubator program for the remainder of the program. At the end, we aim to create a new software programmer and a technical cofounder of a high growth startup. The sky is the limit. It gets better. The students receive housing and a monthly living stipend. 

Let's talk about the living stipend and how one of our students was impacted by systemic racism while simply trying to cash a money order.

Read about this experience here, https://storify.com/rodneysampson/adayinthelife

Give what you can.  

Fly to Atlanta to mentor.

Hire our qualified candidates. 

With humility and responsibility toward this definitive cause.

Regards,


@RodneySampson
Chairman, Opportunity Hub
Chief, Diversity + Inclusion Initiatives, TechSquare Labs
Author, Kingonomics

#CodeStart #buildsomethingfromnothing #diversityistech

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Update 3
Posted by Rodney Sampson
8 months ago
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CodeStart Scholarships has reached 70% of its goal. Thanks to Atlanta Workforce Development Agency, Ryan and Jeff. Help us reach out goal and beyond as we have a remaining funding gap of $150,000. Become a monthly supporter. Thank you in advance.
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Update 2
Posted by Rodney Sampson
8 months ago
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Dear supporters:

I hope all is well. I wanted to take a brake from our work to give you an update on how your donations have helped to advance the software developer careers of our CodeStart 2016-17 cohort.

Not so good news first.

- We've lost four students along the way. Only 13 of the original 17 remain.

- We still have a big funding gap. We're waiting for another $30K from The City of Atlanta; and have to raise another $150K (which includes the $30K) to complete the program from now until April 2017.

Now to the great news.

- Five of the students (Corey, KJ, Kat, Aaron and Tisha) started their paid internships as entry level Java programmers at Emory University's Biomedical Informatics Lab two weeks ago. One of the students will soon transition to Morehouse College of Medicine.

- We're working to place Sultan, Justin, Sonjtrez, Solomon, William, Jaylon and Phillip in paid Java based internships over the next 30-45 days. Let us know of any Atlanta based or virtual paid internship opportunities.

- The students completed an introduction to data science training sponsored by LexisNexis last week.

- Yesterday, the students started DeepStack, a 12-week part-time evening coding boot-camp created by TechSquare Labs and Cyberlaunch.VC startup, Cinchapi (Jeff Nelson). DeepStack is designed to take entry-level programmers to intermediate level. We'll keep you posted.

- Today, the cohort started their entrepreneurship classes at Georgia Tech's Advanced Technology Development Center.

What's next?

Demo Day is Saturday, August 20th at TechSquare Labs. If you are in Atlanta, we welcome you to attend, atltechhire.eventbrite.com

How can you help?

Financially.

Atlanta Workforce Development Agency committed $250,000. We're waiting (and praying) to receive the final $30,000. Our Opportunity Hub Ecosystem partners committed $100,000. That leaves $150,000.

Well, we could use your ongoing support to eradicate this gap. The use of proceeds includes student housing, living stipends and training program fees.

Please consider becoming a monthly supporter of at least $10/month. If 1,500 of you so this, we can generate $15,000/month for 10 months. If you all keep supporting, we can fund a full ride scholarship to The Iron Yard each month. There is always more work to do!

You are always welcome to give a one-time gift as well.

If you'd like to give more and would like to discuss, please post your request on this page.

Internships & Apprenticeships

If you’d like to hire our graduates as interns or provide an apprenticeship, please reach out on the page below.

Do what you can; and encourage someone in your network to do the same?

That’s it for now. Thank you in advance.

#buildsomethingfromnothing

Regards,

@RodneySampson
Partner, @TechSquare
#CodeStart #Techhire
CodeStart students start paid internship
CodeStart at LexisNexis
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Update 1
Posted by Rodney Sampson
12 months ago
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Just wanted to drop a note that we are incredibly thankful to all of you have have reached in your pocket to donate to our cause. All students are currently accounted for. All students have bank accounts. All students will also begin financial literacy training in the coming weeks. #buildsomethingfromnothing
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12 months ago

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Shannon Joseph Francis
12 months ago

How do we volunteer time?

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L. Martin Johnson Pratt
13 months ago

As someone who interacts with our students on a daily basis i can attest to the fact that our students are full of hope and excitement. During my interaction i know that our student's excitement comes from coding/learning how to code brings in their life. I really want them to see how the tech community as a whole supports them. Thank you for all your support.

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$246,378 of $350k goal

Raised by 409 people in 13 months
Created March 29, 2016
$1,000
Jeff Haynie
13 months ago
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LMK if I can help in other ways. Happy to help mentor and come speak to them. Good job, Rodney. I'd love to find a way to help you

AM
$25
Adrianne Middleton
12 months ago
2
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TP
$1,000
Trenton Petrasek
12 months ago
2
2

love what you're doing. thinking about how to get involved

HS
$100
Helen Shin
12 months ago
2
2

Just read the Storify "A day in the life of a young black male engineering 'coding' student", and wanted to help your project.

$50
Andy Stannard
12 months ago
2
2

I read 'A day in the life of a young black male engineering "coding" student' and felt compelled to donate here. Good luck to everyone on the program!

BC
$100
Blaine Cook
13 months ago
2
2
PV
$50
Pamela Vickers
13 months ago
2
2
$25
Kirsi Kuutti
13 months ago
2
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Your students should apply for a internship: https://intern.nasa.gov/ossi/web/public/guest/searchOpps/ or Co-Op: http://nasajobs.nasa.gov/studentopps/employment/iep.htm with NASA!

CD
$100
Chris Duarte
13 months ago
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$100
Anonymous
12 months ago
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Anny Root
12 months ago

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Shannon Joseph Francis
12 months ago

How do we volunteer time?

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L. Martin Johnson Pratt
13 months ago

As someone who interacts with our students on a daily basis i can attest to the fact that our students are full of hope and excitement. During my interaction i know that our student's excitement comes from coding/learning how to code brings in their life. I really want them to see how the tech community as a whole supports them. Thank you for all your support.

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