Stephanie's Code Learning Fund!

$2,540 of $4,000 goal

Raised by 30 people in 48 months
Hey friends!

I was lucky enough to get accepted to the Code Fellows bootcamp in Portland. Hizzah! 

What's the money for?
The bootcamp is actually $5000, but I got some of it covered. Basically I'm asking for money to help cover the rest of the costs, and for a new computer. My Macbook Pro crapped out a while back and I've been using my work computer for work-related tasks and my tablet for personal stuff. If you watch Silicon Valley,  you already know that in general it's not a good idea to write code on a company computer, hence why I'm trying to get a new one. (If you start a company based on code created on a work computer, your job can claim intellectual property rights over your code since you used their equipment to create it, which could lead to them taking over your company, suing you or requiring you pay royalties.)


Some background
I'm a problem-solver, constant learner, and lover of all things tech.

For the past few years I've been trying to teach myself to code. However, I quickly learned that in order for me to fully grasp the concepts and logic of a new language, I would need to be in a more traditional classroom environment.

After code school I plan on getting involved with a computer science volunteer programs for under-priviliedged youth. I also recently created a networking group for underrepresented folks in tech. With my new skills, I'd love to mentor people learning code, or have my own events where I help teach people to code.


What is code school?
Code school is a fast-paced, collaborative environment where aspiring programmers and developers learn to create apps, programs, web sites and solutions for everyday tech problems. My specific course takes place over 1 month, 5 days a week, with 3 hours of classroom time and 3 hours of lab time daily. I will be keeping my full time job as Shift Lead at Squarespace, and I plan to use what I've learned here to become even better at my job. I've done a couple online self-paced video courses, but I have realized that I am very much a people person and I need the classroom environment.

What will I be learning?
HTML, CSS, JavaScript, various frameworks and libraries to create fully-functional web apps as well as computer science concepts such as data structures, algorithms, and object-oriented programming.

Whether or not you donate, I appreciate you taking the time to read this!
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Thank you all for your support so far! It's been a hectic year and a lot of change is underfoot!

As I mentioned before, I left my job recently- I knew I couldn't get where I wanted to be by remaining in the place I was. The plan was to go to code school in January but I ended up getting an amazing new job, one that is right in line with my career goals! (I can't provide details on it now, but I will let you all know more soon.) Not sure if I could have gone to Code School in January even if I wanted to, since paying back a moving bonus of close to $2000 dollars (which I had to do within a month of leaving my job) and moving out of my other place left me pretty broke.

Since I won't be able go to Code School full time, I'm hoping to do one of those part-time programs w/ mentorship. Right now I'm looking at Udacity, CodeMentor, Thinkful or CareerFounry. (Does anyone have personal experience with any of these programs? If so, I'd love your feedback!) These programs range from $200-$500 per month and last anywhere from 6 months to a year.

I appreciate your continued support, and stay tuned for another update (most likely in the new year).
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Hey all! I'm still going to code school in case you were wondering! I just left my job last Thursday and am diving into code learning on my own full time to get my skills up to par before code school in January. Also I got my computer, so thanks for contributing to that!
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Thank you all so much for your support! I can't believe I was able to raise $1615 in only 10 days time! When I invent that amazing app or software that makes me a billion I'll be sure to pay you all back. :)

Now, I have some good news and bad news. First, the bad news: The date of the Code Fellows program has been pushed back to September 14th.

But wait! This is actually good news, since it gives me more time to raise funds. Talking to a few coders I realized the computer I budgeted for might not be able to support a Dev environment. Since I'll need to purchase a more expensive computer, I raised the goal slightly, from $2800 to $3500.

Again, I appreciate all your help and support! I wouldn't be able to take advantage of this opportunity if it weren't for you all. :)
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Raised by 30 people in 48 months
Created July 8, 2015
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Tameika Reed
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Nice to meet you at tech808

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Lady Devs rule!

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Bob Hiltner
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Go get it, and then help others walk their path, too! Good luck and good coding.

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Good Luck!!

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