Bring coding to Chicago's high-impact communities!

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Our Focus

We focus on serving African American and Latino young people who are unjustly exposed to the school-to-prison pipeline.

Our Program

We seek to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline by providing technical opportunities for young people who are susceptible or have come in contact with the Justice System.

We teach the core competencies that top technology companies hire on, such as:

-Mobile and Web Development using Python, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, Flask, and MongoDB
-Agile Methodology
-Version Control with Git
-Project Management
-Technology Sales and Marketing Training
-Design Thinking expertise
-And More!

Our Leaders

Brianne Caplan is recognized in Forbes and the Chicago Tribune for her work in providing access to disadvantaged youth. She recently left her Data Science career to pursue this mission full-time.

Brianne leads the movement for computer science access in Chicago as the Executive Director and Founder of Code Your Dreams. She is also the Program Director for Careers in Computer Science at the University of Chicago. 

Brianne has combined her love of teaching and coding to empower young people to change the world with code. She has 7+ years of experience working in technology and as a Data Scientist. She brings excitement and positivity to every class, virtual and in-person. Brianne has experience teaching the following subjects for students: Python, Swift, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, App Inventor, Design Thinking, UI/UX Design, Sales, and Marketing.

Nisaini Rexach is a Network Administrator at Chicago Public Schools and co-Founder at Code Elevate, a Code Your Dreams founding partner.

Nisaini entered the world of education via Teach For America Chicago Corps. She currently serves the Network Level supporting 29 Chicago Public Schools. Prior to this role, she served as a secondary educator working in black and brown communities. During her classroom experience, she balanced her student's needs while tackling the policymaking process as a former Policy Fellow at Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE).

She was selected as a Reader for the Bill Gates Millennium Scholars Program, Nisaini read 150+ essays submitted by Latino students vying for full-ride scholarships. Most recently, she participated in 1871 + Latinx via Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Accelerator, she met her co-Founder, Brianne, and embarked on this journey committed to attaining workplace equity for all people of color alike.

These women along with our amazing Instructors and staff work tirelessly to make our program what it is today!

Help Us Fund This Program

The funding we receive ensures that all young people will be able to participate in the program by eliminating barriers by providing the necessary tools needed to successfully learn how to code regardless of a participant's socioeconomic status.

This funding allows for:

-Instructors and Instructor Assistants
-Laptop + Mobile Devices
-Financial Stipends for Participation
-Ongoing Curriculum Development

Program Takeaways

Participants will walk away with...

-Two weekly sessions plus office hours spanning the academic year
-A full understanding of the application and web development process
-Tangible skills needed to succeed within a technology company
-A functional app built on their own that aims to solve a need in their community
-Exposure to micro-internships and fellowship placements at a technology company
-Exposure and access to post-secondary institutions to explore and pursue a technical degree
-Building a network of individuals within the technology sector

Thank YOU!

Thank you immensely for your time and consideration. We invite you to become a champion of our mission! We cannot do this without the support of the larger community.

Please stay safe, happy, and healthy!

Donations

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  • Fernando Velasquez 
    • $50 
    • 6 d
  • Robert Thomas 
    • $50 
    • 9 d
  • Alan and Marci Elkin 
    • $25 
    • 12 d
  • Debra Michaels 
    • $18 
    • 13 d
  • ROBERTA SHAPIRO 
    • $1,000 
    • 14 d
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Fundraising team (2)

Brianne Caplan 
Organizer
Raised $468 from 5 donations
Chicago, IL
Code Your Dreams 
Registered nonprofit
Donations are typically 100% tax deductible in the US.
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Nisaini Rexach 
Team member
Raised $650 from 3 donations
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