White House #CS4All Initiative Features All Star Code

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Friends,

We live in interesting times. Throughout our nation and the globe, individuals are coming together demanding change, opportunity, and access in order to find sustainable, rewarding careers in the 21st century.

All Star Code is meeting that need by fostering the entrepreneurial talents of one of our most vulnerable and overlooked populations, Black and Latino boys. ASC empowers young men with the skills, networks, and mindsets they need to create new futures through technology. We work towards building a world where every young man has the confidence to dare greatly, the safety to celebrate failure, and the freedom to tell his story.

After three years of operation, ASC students have matriculated at top colleges across the nation, from NYU to Hampton to Stanford; founded learn-to-code organizations, and launched their own web development businesses. 100% of our college-aged alums go to college and two-thirds to top universities.

I am proud to share that today All Star Code has committed to continuing to double the size of our Summer Intensive each year. We have announced a target to deliver coding, technology, and entrepreneurship skills through our Summer Intensive to 1,000 students by 2020, as part of the White House’s “Computer Science for All” initiative. (See the Fact Sheet.)

This growth would not be possible without the leadership of the many funders, educators, social entrepreneurs and policymakers who care about empowering our youth with the skills, networks and mindsets needed to thrive in the innovation economy. Thank you all of the individuals, companies, and other funders for your sustaining support.

Over the coming months, we are speaking with partners to discuss this growth. Please take a moment to think about an individual, company, organization or city that is invested empowering our youth and send them our way.

Second, we will be hiring for a number of full-time positions. Please check our website and follow us on Twitter to see the new positions as they become available. All inquiries can be sent to jobs@allstarcode.org.

As you may know, we have called off our Executive Director search and I feel so privileged and excited to continue to lead the organization into the next chapter.

Best,
Christina

All Star Code Pledges to Deliver Technology & Entrepreneurship Training to 1,000 Students by 2020 as Part of the White House’s “Computer Science for All” Initiative

New York, NY – August 17, 2016 – All Star Code (ASC), a non-profit organization that prepares diverse young men with skills to obtain careers in technology, will announce its commitment to deliver training to 1,000 students by 2020 in coding, technology and career-focused skills as part of the Obama Administration’s “Computer Science for All” initiative.

Computer Science for All, designed to empower kindergarten- through high school-aged students with the resources to learn the computational thinking skills needed to become leaders in the digital economy, is closely aligned with All Star Code’s mission to prepare young men of color for fulltime employment in the technology industry by providing mentorship, industry exposure, and intensive training in computer science.

Since its founding in 2013, All Star Code has worked to close the racial gap in entrepreneurship through hosting educational technology events, hackathons, and an annual Summer Intensive. The six-week summer program provides training in coding languages, such as Python, JavaScript and HTML, to African-American and Latino male sophomores and juniors in High School, through a curriculum geared toward developing direct motivation, resilience and other psychological traits linked to success in all phases of life.

To date, All Star Code has educated more than 700 students. Already the program has proven to foster a lasting impact, with 70 percent of All Star Code’s Summer Intensive graduates going on to pursue college degrees in STEM fields.

All Star Code’s corporate collaborations and sponsorships with some of the world’s top technology companies, including AT&T, Google, and Goldman Sachs, are another sign of the program’s success. The generous contributions of AT&T and Goldman Sachs, and access to on-site resources and speakers from tech companies like LinkedIn and Uber, have helped secure valuable learning opportunities for ASC’s students.

Over its first three years, All Star Code’s applications and enrollment have increased by 235 percent and 300 percent, respectively. In order to reach its goal of doubling enrollment in the Summer Intensive by 2020, All Star Code plans to expand from New York into the Bay Area and other major cities. In addition, All Star Code aims to invest in its student’s continued success by providing long-term alumni services and starting a “train the trainer” model collaborating with related organizations and community groups to inspire all students to dare greatly, celebrate failure and tell their story through coding.

“We are heartened by President Obama’s investment in computer science and STEM learning, which we believe are not only critical skills in today’s workplace, but also an ideal medium for students to build the life-long characteristics of perseverance, curiosity and confidence needed for future success in business and life,” said Christina Lewis Halpern, founder and Executive Director of All Star Code. “In collaboration with Computer Science for All, we look forward to continuing to grow our program, and joining the national conversation about how to ensure minority males have an equal opportunity and, ultimately, fair representation in the tech industry.”

In addition to the support of key corporate partners, the federal government’s ability to promote and raise awareness of technology-focused programs like All Star Code will be instrumental to ASC’s ability to sustain its growth. Joining Computer Science for All helps expand All Star Code’s network to reach not only a greater number of potential students, but also influential members of the tech and government communities and new corporate partners.

About All Star Code
All Star Code empowers young men with the skills, networks, and mindsets they need to create new futures through technology. We work towards building a world where every young man has the confidence to dare greatly, the safety to celebrate failure, and the freedom to tell his story. We are fostering entrepreneurial talent.

Media Contact
Christina Licata, licata@alstarcode.org

AT&T Aspire Awards 7 All Stars with Scholarship Award

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Seven students from All Star Code were named AT&T Scholars, as part of a scholarship program AT&T is funding in order to educate, inspire and equip high school boys of color with the skills to pursue careers in tech. The seven students, most of which are from the New York City area will serve for the next year as All Star Code Ambassadors. They will have the opportunity to network with industry professionals and receive free laptops and other supplies. Students were selected based on a combination of leadership, positivity, work ethic and a demonstrated desire to learn and apply classroom concepts.

“Confident, qualified young men of color who are ready to enter STEM careers are essential to the future of our business and our community,” said Marissa Shorenstein, New York State President of AT&T. “All Star Code works to grow the field and we are thrilled to support the program and our AT&T scholars.”

“Our boys are a tremendous pool of untapped talent. Teaching them to code is an investment that has unlimited potential return, whether in new ideas and innovation or increased economic opportunity, and we’re tremendously excited to have AT&T’s help in fostering the next generation of tech pioneers,” said Christina Lewis Halpern, Founder and Executive Director of All Star Code.

The seven All Star Code/AT&T Scholars are:

• Anand Karmaker, a rising junior at High School for Math, Science and Engineering. He lives in the Bronx.
• De Andre King, a rising senior at Urban Assembly Gateway School for Technology. He lives in Queens.
• Uzair Vawda, a rising junior at William Cullen Bryant High School. He lives in Queens.
• John Abreu, a rising senior at Horace Mann School. He lives in the Bronx.
• Kofi Adu, a rising senior at Deerfield Academy. He lives in the Bronx.
• Kwaku Kessey-Ankomah Jr., a rising senior at Cardinal Hayes High School. He lives in the Bronx.
• Sebastian Galvin, a rising senior Proctor Academy. He lives in Norwalk, Connecticut.

“I’m proud to be an AT&T scholar because I met a lot of wonderful people and it’s an honor to represent them,” said Sebastian Galvin, a rising senior Proctor Academy. “To be surrounded by people with similar mindsets as myself in the Summer Intensive, and being able to relate to them as fellow young men of color is truly a gift in and of itself.”

AT&T awarded All Star Code $100,000 through AT&T Aspire, the company’s signature initiative that drives innovation in education to support student success in school and beyond. Through Aspire, AT&T has invested in several innovative education organizations, tools and solutions and engaged its employees through student mentorship.

All Star Code Surges Into Second Summer: Raising more than $600K at Sold Out Benefit

On Saturday, July 25th tech education non-profit, All Star Code, hosted its Second Annual Summer Benefit to raise funds and awareness of the organization’s mission. All Star Code raised more than $600,000 at the sold out benefit. Founder and Executive Director Christina Lewis Halpern also made a major announcement: an innovative collaboration with AT&T!

With the shared goal of empowering students everywhere to reach their highest potential, AT&T has awarded All Star Code $100,000 in support through AT&T Aspire. This exciting new collaboration will additionally provide seven All Star Code students, who will be named AT&T scholars, with scholarships, free laptops and supplies for embodying creativity, intellect and curiosity.

This year’s benefit was held at a private oceanfront residence in East Hampton, New York. The evening had many exciting elements to go along with the release of the AT&T collaboration. The night began with a cocktail reception and interactive, student-designed game stations. The stations were comprised of games created and run by ASC students and alums and were enjoyed by a number of high profile attendees including Miss USA Olivia Jordan and Real Housewife of New York, Kristen Taekman.

Dinner followed provided by Chef Marcus Samuelsson of Red Rooster Harlem and awards ceremony with Master of Ceremonies, Maurice DuBois, award winning anchor of ‘CBS 2 This Morning.’ This year All Star Code had assembled a group of distinguished honorees including Frank A. Baker, Goldman Sachs Gives, and Marcus Mitchell. Co-Chair Loida Nicolas Lewis presented Frank A. Baker, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Siris Capital Group with the Visionary Award. Co-Chair Troy Carter, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Atom Factory, presented Goldman Sachs Gives with the Corporate Leadership Award. Co-Chair Valentino D. Carlotti accepted the award on behalf of Goldman Sachs Gives. And current All Star Code student Cameron King presented Marcus Mitchell with the Community Award. Mitchell is a Senior Engineering Director at Google.

The evening closed with an exciting live auction presided over by auctioneer Alex Berggruen of Christie’s, complete with bidding wars and a high bid of $34,000, followed by a dance party with MICK.

“What we’re doing at All Star Code is giving young men of color the tools to ride the wave,” said Founder and Executive Director Christina Lewis Halpern. “It’s my belief that the indignities and injustices and inequalities that people of color in this country still endure can only be corrected once people of color have a fairer shot at a seat at the table. Until they have a fairer shot at chairing the table. A fairer shot at running the table.”

Countless notable celebrities and personalities took part in the evening including: Miss USA Olivia Jordan, Co-Anchor of CBS’ This Morning and Editor-At-Large of O Magazine Gayle King, Model Chris Collins, Real Housewives of New York star Kristen Taekman & her husband, Sherry Bronfman, David Buckner Orr, ASC Board Vice Chair Britt Morgan-Saks, Former Mayor of New York City and ASC Board Member David Dinkins, Alma Rangel, and Philippine Consul General Mario L. De Leon, Jr. and his wife Eleanor.

You can still bid on exciting auction items included in All Star Code’s CharityBuzz online auction or donate today.

All Star Code’s 2nd Annual Demo Day will be hosted by Google’s offices in New York on Thursday, August 13th. If you’re interested in attending, please e-mail Director of External Affairs Christina Licata at Licata@allstarcode.org.

A special thanks to the Benefit Co-Chairs, Benefit Committee Members, guests, supporters, and Alimay Events for making the evening such a success!

Have a look at the photos from the event.

Troy Carter, Marcus Mitchell, Loida Nicolas Lewis, Christina Lewis Halpern, Valentino D. Carlotti, and Frank A.Baker

Troy Carter, Marcus Mitchell, Loida Nicolas Lewis, Christina Lewis Halpern, Valentino D. Carlotti, and Frank A.Baker

Troy Carter, Loida Nicolas Lewis, Christina Lewis Halpern, Valentino Carlotti

Troy Carter, Loida Nicolas Lewis, Christina Lewis Halpern, Valentino Carlotti

Olivia Jordan, Miss USA 2015

Olivia Jordan, Miss USA 2015

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All Star Code Announces Collaboration With AT&T On 2015 Summer Intensive

All Star Code is thrilled to announce an innovative collaboration with AT&T for The 2015 All Star Code Summer Intensive. With the shared goal of empowering students everywhere to reach their highest potential, AT&T has awarded All Star Code $100,000 in support through AT&T Aspire. This exciting new collaboration will additionally provide seven All Star Code students, who will be named AT&T scholars, with scholarships, free laptops and supplies for embodying creativity, intellect and curiosity.

“Our boys are a tremendous pool of untapped talent. Teaching them to code is an investment that has unlimited potential return, whether in new ideas and innovation or increased economic opportunity, and we’re tremendously excited to have AT&T’s help in fostering the next generation of tech pioneers,” said Christina Lewis Halpern, Founder and Executive Director of
All Star Code.

“Confident, qualified young men of color who are ready to enter STEM careers are essential to the future of our business and our community,” said Nicole Anderson, Executive Director, Philanthropy, AT&T. “All Star Code works to grow the field and we are thrilled to support the program and our AT&T scholars.”

Both Microsoft NY and Alley NYC will host All Star Code’s 2015 Summer Intensive, a unique six-week program designed to educate, inspire and equip high school boys of color with the skills, networks, and system know-how needed to pursue careers in tech. Of the 40 students in this year’s program, 31 students are local to New York City – representing Brooklyn, Bronx,
Queens, and Manhattan. The other 9 students come from New Jersey, Virginia, Arizona, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Maryland, representing 7 states in total. While more than half of the students identify as African-American/Black, more than a quarter identify as Latino, and 10% identify as Asian or Other. 80% of the class receives either free/reduced lunch or financial aid at school as well.

The All Star Code Summer Intensive will include site visits to Spotify, YouTube, Goldman Sachs, GLG, The Center For Social Innovation, The Flatiron School, Yelp and Dev Bootcamp. Additional program support is provided by Dropbox, Google, Dentons Venture Technology, and NewsCorp.

AT&T Aspire is AT&T’s signature initiative that drives innovation in education to support student success in school and beyond. Through Aspire, AT&T is investing in innovative education organizations, tools and solutions and engaging their employees through student mentoring.

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Microsoft hosts Science Fair and Commencement for All Star Code

Microsoft hosts Science Fair and Commencement for All Star Code (ASC), a Non-Profit Initiative Celebrating Its First Year of Programming Aimed at Closeing the Race Gap in the Tech Sector.

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New York, New York (AUGUST 14, 2014) – In celebration of their inaugural six-week summer intensive, Microsoft will host All Star Code’s Commencement and Science Fair featuring the “All Stars”, ASC’s initial cohort of 20 young men of color, on Thursday, August 14th. Family, friends, and supporters will also be in attendance. The All Star Code Summer Intensive caps off a remarkable summer for the new non-profit, founded by Christina Lewis Halpern, which saw over 130 students from 4 different states apply for its first flagship program, as well as coverage from the likes of Bloomberg and The New York Times, and a sold-out Summer Benefit in East Hampton, NY, which featured appearances from Mayor David Dinkins and Atom Factory Founder Troy Carter.

African-Americans comprise less than 1% of startup founding teams, a critical sector for job growth and wealth creation. While much progress has been made in the realm of racial political and social equality, the average net worth of a black household remains $5,000, whereas white households average $110,000, according to the most recent U.S. Census. All Star Code aims to change that.

All Star Code had lucrative Fall/Winter programming that featured innovative workshops held at major tech companies such as Spotify, AOL, and General Assembly. These workshops doubled as opportunities for student recruitment.

All Star Code launched its first six-week Summer Intensive in July, 2014, hosted by AlleyNYC. Led by co-facilitators Paul Marques and Jonathan Leung, and featuring a curriculum developed by Avi Flombaum (Dean, Flatiron School) and Kane Sarhan (Co-Founder, Enstitute), the Summer Intensive included more than 200 hours of instruction in computing concepts, programming fundaments, mobile phone and web development, robotics and design. Site visits included trips to the tech offices of Spotify, Google, AOL, and LinkedIN.