Memphians are investing in the future of young tech students.
CodeCrew is a nonprofit organization that provides after-school workshops to middle school students with a desire to expand their computer capabilities. In 2015, CodeCrew partnered with the Memphis Grizzlies to launch an initiative offering young, underrepresented Memphis students the opportunity to develop computer skills. Audrey Jones founded CodeCrew with Petya Grady and Meka Egwuekwe. In their first year they hosted camps, a hackathon, and an afterschool program that taught intermediate and beginner coding skills to the kids.
The kids we work with are at that vital age where they are old enough to comprehend and develop techniques, but young enough that they don’t exactly know what their career interests are. The sooner they are introduced to computer science tactics, the quicker their eyes are open to new possibilities. – Audrey Jones, CodeCrew Founding Member
This year, after-school programs will be held at the Lester Community Center, along with two summer camps. Ultimately, the organization hopes to be established in 5 Memphis City Schools by September of this year after receiving a private, multi-year grant.
CodeCrew classes are fun and practical, and they aren’t necessarily easy,” Audrey Jones, cofounder explains in their press release. “But, there’s nothing quite like seeing the sense of accomplishment on our kids’ faces when they share the apps they’ve built.”
“We offer a range of classes throughout the year. We want to make sure not only that kids get great exposure to mobile app, web or game development but also an opportunity to explore these topics in great depth,” Jones adds.
— CodeCrew (@_CodeCrew) July 6, 2016
CodeCrew’s longterm goal is not only to provide direct training to kids who are typically underrepresented in the tech industry but also to serve as a resource for parents, teachers and other organizations interested in tech education.
See their upcoming events here and learn how you can volunteer here to help Memphis kids join the next generation of tech leaders.
Want to learn more about tech development in Memphis? Watch the video below and visit Tech901, Geeked Memphis, and Cloud901 for more.
What I see that’s different in Memphis is the opportunity for support. I didn’t see that in Texas, I didn’t see that in D.C., I didn’t see that in California. There are so many people trying to better Memphis and help people. I think that’s awesome – Briahna Chambers, Tech901 Instructor