Youth Code Jam is all about inspiring kids to tell computers what to do by learning to code. With a focus on neurodiversity and parent engagement, we work to connect the dots from playing online to creating online to real world jobs. And we are making a difference.
Our Mission Statement: Youth Code Jam provides unique, innovative, impactful and family-focused out of school time, hands-on, computing programs for a wide range of neurotypical and neurodiverse students as well as providing teacher professional development designed to bring computer science to every school and every classroom.
Our Goal: Youth Code Jam fosters an interest in technology by introducing upper elementary through high school students to computer science. We get kids excited about programming, build their confidence in their skills and inspire them to imagine themselves in the tech-driven jobs of the future.
More importantly, here’s what some of our kids say:
“It would help if you could have [Code Jam] every day so kids can learn even more.”
“It was awesome today. I got to learn more about coding and I learned in middle school I can do more programs that include coding.”
“They wouldn’t let me break Minecraft, but it was fun anyway.”
“It felt really good because I tried a new thing.”
How well does our model work? Take a look and see what you think…
- 50% of our students qualify for free or reduced lunch
- 36% are girls
- 73% identify as an ethnic minority
- more than half are 13 years and younger
- half have never coded before attending one of our events
But wait, there’s more than demographics. There’s real, very real impact.
- 91% of our students say they intend to continue to learn to code
- 87% of our students say they feel more confident about their ability to solve problems using computers
- Six months later, 75% of their parents told us their children were showing a greater interest in technology after attending a Youth Code Jam event.
- Jams – Youth Code Jam runs Texas’ largest youth coding event. Currently, jams are held in San Antonio, Austin and the Rio Grande Valley.
- Camps – We provided more than 114 days of camp experiences last year in San Antonio, with a focus on reaching low income and minority students.
- Teacher Professional Development – Through our workshops, seven more teachers in San Antonio have been certified to teach computer science and 152 learned specific skills to integrate computing into their classrooms.
- Neurodiverse Outreach – Youth Code Jam is a fully inclusive organization with a specialty in working with students with Asperger Syndrome.
- Girls Outreach – Our She Code Connect™ program is designed to engage girls in coding as well as empower teachers to recruit and retain girls in their computer science classes.
- Community Engagement – With more than 150 volunteers, we work collaboratively with non-profit, city and county organizations as well as schools, community colleges and universities to deliver innovative programming.
Youth Code Jam is a proud partner of