Founded in May 2015 by Petya Grady, Audrey Jones-Willis, and Meka Egwuekwe, CodeCrew is a Memphis-based organization that strives to provide local youth with in-depth computer training in order to fill the digital skills gap in the city. However, now CodeCrew is expanding its resources to young adults ages 16-30.
In order to accommodate its new coders, CodeCrew is introducing Code School, an interactive, hands-on program that will teach the real world applications of coding to young adults in the Memphis area. This program hopes to prepare its students for a successful career.
Upon completion of the program, students will receive an industry recognized certificate.
Instead of applying, students must be nominated by a teaching professional, mentor, community leader, or other professional that is not a relative. Nominations are currently being accepted and will remain open until April 6, 2018.
Our decision to expand to serve young adults was inspired by both our city’s workforce needs and one of our students.
Following the nomination process, students must submit an application that accesses their readiness for the program. The deadline for that application is April 13, 2018. Finally, qualified applicants will be invited for an in-person interview.
CodeCrew’s Code school will be accepting 25 students to its program.
Our city’s future simply depends on it. The high-wage, high-growth careers of today and tomorrow will increasingly require at least some coding skills, yet not enough young people are getting opportunities to learn these important skills. – Meka Egwuekwe
Upcoming Informational Sessions (drop in any time during the time window):
- Sat, March 17, 2018, 10am – Noon: Agape Child & Family Services Event, 3707 Peshang Park, Memphis, TN 38127
- Thurs, March 22, 2018, 9am – Noon: Benjamin Hooks Public Library, 3030 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38111
- Sat, March 24, 2018, 10am – Noon: Agape Child & Family Services Event, 3463 Wingood Circle, Memphis, TN 38118
- Wed, March 28, 2018, 9am – Noon: Benjamin Hooks Public Library, 3030 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38111
- Thurs, March 29, 2018, 4pm – 6pm: STREETS Ministries, 1304 N. Graham St. Memphis, TN 38122
The program itself will run from July 9, 2018, to December 21, 2018, on Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All introductory materials will be supplied, including a laptop that can be used for the duration of the class.
There are no upfront costs; however, after graduation and upon securing employment, students will enter a small income sharing agreement for a period not to exceed three years.
We are hopeful that our Code School and the employment opportunities we fulfill will help our graduates improve their own lives, as well as the lives of their families and communities.
– Meka Egwuekwe
In addition to their Code School program, CodeCrew also hopes to introduce additional programming this year. Specifically, this will include more programming options for K-3, a professional teacher development program and an expanded in-school elective offerings
All of this is done in an effort to conform to their vision for an expanded computer science curriculum for elementary through high school.
Finally, this year they will continue to work on raising awareness for computer science education on the local and state level.