All Star Code is happy to announce a partnership with the JPMorgan Chase’s The Fellowship Initiative, also called TFI. TFI enrolls high school males of color in a comprehensive, hands-on enrichment program that includes academic, social and emotional support. TFI was piloted in 2010 with one cohort in New York City and has since expanded to Chicago and Los Angeles.
Through this partnership, ASC provides free, full-day workshops to TFI Fellows. ASC instructors introduce basic business planning and modeling, wire framing and business pitching. ASC has conducted workshops in Chicago and New York and is headed to Los Angeles in January!
In Chicago and NYC, students were excited by the opportunity to create and pitch a business based on their unique ideas. Examples of pitches included a mobile application that helps musicians to showcase their talent and book gigs, and an application that helps student athletes filter their college search based on the quality of the sports program and geographic location.
My experience with All Star Code has been full of firsts and opportunities for growth. From leading recruitment efforts, to managing the Summer Intensive and rolling out ASCs newest programming, The Alumni Accelerator, ASC has made a deep impression on me both personally and professionally.
I am so appreciative to have worked with this team. However, it is time to transition to other opportunities.
The future of each All Star is so full of potential! In these students, I see critical thinkers and leaders, creators of awesomeness, college graduates, entrepreneurs and future CEOs. Some of my favorite memories were created during Summer Intensive company visits, specifically Yelp and Goldman Sachs. The All Stars were unafraid to ask questions, get business cards and just have fun. I am so grateful to have worked with such talented, funny and determined students. In me, they have an eternal cheerleader.
I won’t consider this a good bye, rather a see you later. I will continue working in the educational space and look forward to the next challenge! If you’d like to stay in touch, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dear Friends and Supporters,
Since the founding of All Star Code three years ago, we have exposed over 500 high school students to careers in computing in New York City and pioneered a radical idea: that young men of color are an untapped talent pool that deserves investment. With our community partners and widespread civic support, we have demonstrated a compelling need for high-quality tech entrepreneurship education for young men, but I know that we can grow faster and capitalize on our unique model in the next three years.
To realize our full potential, I believe we need to hire a new Executive Director. Personally, it is a tremendous privilege and honor to have grown All Star Code to the point where we are able to hire a person with the skillset to significantly strengthen and grow our organization. I am positive this transition is a byproduct of our success and that the right individual will enable us to scale with quality and sustainability and provide an even bigger platform to advocate for equal access to economic opportunity.
I remain committed to helping ASC achieve its goals as its Founder and Board Chair and will be working very closely with the Executive Director. Please see below for details on both roles.
In the months ahead I will be focused on leading the search for the new Executive Director. Please let me know if you have any questions or candidate suggestions. You can also direct recommendations and questions to Rebecca Meyer at On-Ramps, our search firm partner.
Christina Lewis Halpern
Highlights of Executive Director role (Full job description):
Craft a compelling vision for All Star Code’s impact at scale
Oversee program development, day-to-day operations, and annual budget process
Build, coach, and manage a high-performing team
Foster and enhance ASC’s entrepreneurial, positive, and diverse culture
Act as primary liaison to the Board of Directors and participate on the Executive Committee
Work with Founder/Board Chair to recruit and secure Board and Advisory Board Members
Serve as the external face of ASC
Develop and cultivate a deep and thriving community of major donors and
Responsible for the ultimate success of ASC
Successful technologists are measured by their effectiveness as collaborators and communicators. The notion that nothing great is accomplished alone is especially true in coding. Even the most senior web developer needs a second opinion when it comes to approaching a complicated problem. As coders, we learn the most about our projects and ourselves by taking a step back and asking our peers for constructive input.
As a mentor for All Star Code and All Star Hacks, I get to see the power of collective effort firsthand. A hackathon is the ultimate exercise in collaboration and communication. I truly feel lucky to have a helping hand in formulating the structure for their ideas to flourish. Make no mistake, All Star Hacks is a hackathon put on by young hackers, for young hackers. Every detail of the 12hr day of activities was thought of and planned by these young men. It inspires me to work with them…I’m reminded of how important it is to stay hungry.
On Saturday December 12, high school students from all over New York City will have a chance to dive into the exciting world of opportunities that technology has to offer. The best part is that they get to have fun while challenging themselves, their peers, and their mentors.
What else can students look forward to at All Star Hacks?
Meet All Star Code staff and learn about programs
Speak with graduates of All Star Code programs
Project based coding workshops for all skill levels, even beginners
Plenty of food, snacks, and swag
If you know of a talented young hacker, or any NYC area high school student interested in learning more about web development, register now.
All Star Hacks
Saturday, December 12th
9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
@ General Assembly
Spaces are filling up fast. Reserve your spot today!
This post was written by All Star Code mentor, Phil Marshall. Phil works as Web and Social Media Producer for The Paley Center for Media.