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My First Month With All Star Code!

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Since early February, I have been happily interning twice a week as All Star Code’s Marketing and Development Intern and I love it! It is just what I wanted. So far, I have contributed to the monthly newsletter, blog posts, creating images that are being posted on ASC’s social media channels, donation acknowledgements and so much more.

A little over a week ago, I worked my first ASC event. I was in charge of the swag table. We gave away t-shirts, Google cardboards, several Chromebooks and a MacBook Air. It was an info session for future Summer Intensive participants. During the event their were exciting demos by Microsoft and Google. I had the opportunity to meet brilliant alumni, which sparked my imagination. The alumni are driven, creative and extremely mature. In addition, I was impressed when I met future ASC SI participants. They were so bright and had a passion for coding and technology that I’ve never seen before. I can’t imagine five years ago having such passion for Marketing.

After the event that night, I was inspired by them, the young men. I am so happy to be interning for such a brilliant non-profit, which has such a strong and powerful message.

The team has been very friendly and has welcomed me with open arms. I am looking forward to helping the ASC team organize a successful Summer Intensive as well as the Summer Benefit in 2016.

All Star Code at SXSW

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On March 11, All Star Code’s Founder and Executive Director, Christina Lewis Halpern will be a key speaker and panel moderator at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. The session is entitled Cracking the Codes: Why Black & Latino Boys Matter.

Christina will be accompanied by Marisa Renee Lee, Managing Director of My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (MBKA) and Marcus Mitchell, Senior Engineer Director at Google. She will be part of a session, which answers the questions:

    Why are some boys falling behind in the 21st century economy?
    What are the consequences of a diversity debt within a startup?
    And how are boys’ needs different from those of girls?

Though the exciting interactive panel, Christina, Marisa and Marcus will be providing insight into the projected deficit of highly skilled workers in the US. By 2020,123 million highly skilled jobs will be available with only 50 million workers with the skills to fill them!

Boys of color in the US will soon be roughly 25% of those entering the workforce. The panelists will discuss how investing in these boys across the US, is an overlooked opportunity and can affect a business’ bottom line.

Christina will take the audience through the exciting movement of closing the opportunity gap for Black and Latino boys across the country with a unique focus on tech sector. All Star Code is very excited for this upcoming event and I hope to see you there!

To find out more about All Star Code’s session, visit SXSW Interactive.

Going to be at SXSW? Contact amanda@allstarcode.org to let us know!

All Star Code Hosts First Hackathon, All Star Hacks!

On December 12th, over 70 high school students traveled to General Assembly’s offices in NYC for a day of learning and coding. All Star Hacks was All Star Code’s first hackathon focusing on the diversification of the tech sector.

I helped to organize the hackathon in collaboration with All Star Code. It was smooth, simple, and easy. We didn’t have a lot of time to organize the event, but it was an incredible success in no small part due to the participation of the wonderful All Stars and staff at All Star Code.

My favorite part of All Star Hacks was the Intro to Coding workshop. Many of our participants were first time hackers. Watching the excitement on their faces, capturing their feelings of wonder on camera, and seeing their finished hacks of awesomeness was amazing.

I invited a number of students from my school. Seeing them enveloped in the workshop, keeping themselves involved and amazed was beautiful to behold. Seeing Charles, a freshman from my school, making friends with other first time hackers made me incredibly happy.

Though we ended the hackathon a bit early, bringing together a large number of diverse first time hackers was enough to solidify the success of the event. At All Star Hacks, we gave students a taste of beauty in the tech world. I saw them leave General Assembly that day with a feeling to cultivate that into something bigger.

Written by Surendra, 2015 All Star

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A special thanks to the All Star Hacks team including all of our alumni organizers and leader mentors, Isaiah Greene from Google and Phil Marshall from the Paley Center for Media as well as our generous hosts at General Assembly!

Meet the New Class of All Stars!

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We are thrilled that the 2015 Summer Intensive has officially launched this week! Microsoft NY and Alley NYC will host 40 All Stars over the next six weeks.

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. More than half of the students identify as African-American/Black, over a quarter identify as Latino, and 10% identify as Asian or Other.

As part of our #techspeakerseries, students will hear from leaders in the New York City tech industry. All Stars will also visit tech offices, such as Dropbox, Yelp!, and YouTube. By the end of the 6-week program, students will have learned 1 college semester level of computer science including exposure to physical computing, robotics, and web applications. They will have built at least 1 video game, 2 mobile web applications, and 1 physical computing device (a toy memory game). The Summer Intensive will culminate with Demo Day hosted at Google, where teams will present their final projects.

We’re very excited to see what our All Stars accomplish this Summer. Follow their work and play during this awesome #summerofcode on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Design A Startup In A Day Takes Over Google!

DESIGN A STARTUP IN A DAY TAKES OVER GOOGLE!

On Saturday, November 1st, we held our first Design a Startup in a Day workshop of the season at Google. After some enthusiastic icebreakers and random selection of group CEOs, the students jumped right in to designing their own music-themed startups.

With intensive group discussion, mentor panels, and wireframing under their belts, the students ended the day presenting some of the apps they had created to their families and mentors. The judges and audience alike were impressed by the students’ creativity and attention to detail.

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After the workshop, more than 75% of the participants shared that they were satisfied with the overall Design a Start Up in a Day event.

After the workshop, more than 75% of the participants shared that they are interested in applying to attend All Star Code’s 2015 six-week Summer Intensive.

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One student shared: “My favorite part of today’s program was how much teamwork was put into the presentations.”

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For more photos from the workshop, visit the gallery page on our website HERE.

We look forward to our second Design a Startup in a Day workshop of the season, held at General Assembly onDecember 13th.

UPDATE: THE YOUNG HACKERS

The Young Hackers, an organization started by two of our All Star Code alumni (Mamadou Diallo and Austin Carvey), have kept busy and are continuing their outreach and engagement in the tech space. Most recently, they partnered with Monthly Music Hackathon and held an event at Spotify on November 1st. Some of their ongoing projects include: helping StudentRND organize CodeDayNYC and helping to organize a Local Hack Day event with Major League Hacking for December. We are proud of what they have accomplished thus far and look forward to providing continuous support and hearing further updates about their work.

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“The New York woman inspiring young men from minority backgrounds to code.” Check out a brand new feature on Christina and All Star Code at Nature.com.

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Have you checked out the new All Star Code blog? This week’s entry, The All Star Code Impact, comes from our Director of Marketing & Events, Michael Schwartz.

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OUR FAMILY IS GROWING!

Meet our new Development Manager, Christina Licata!

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Christina developed a passion for connecting people with nonprofits while working and volunteering at various educational organizations in NYC. Taking her work from the ESL classroom to the front lines of philanthropy, Christina has raised awareness and financial support for educational and athletic causes for over six years. After transplanting to Brooklyn from Tempe, Arizona, Christina co-founded the New York Lady Magpies Australian football team and currently serves as the head coach. She is so excited to be joining the team at All Star Code.

In other news, congratulations to our founder Christina Lewis Halpern and her husband Dan Halpern on the birth of their daughter, Sasha! Everyone is happy and healthy.

JOIN OUR MISSION!

We want to give a shout out to the following organizations who have supported our Summer Intensive student’s continued engagement with technology:

Ruby On Rails, One Month Swift, Treehouse, MakeGamesWithUs, Cracking The Coding Interview, Dev Bootcamp, Codiqa, and Twilio.

Tips For Applying To All Star Code Workshops

Dear Potential All Stars,

All Star Code’s Design a Start Up in a Day (DSUD) application deadline is Friday, October 17th at 11:59 pm. If you haven’t applied already, that’s tomorrow! Before you make your way to our application page, I want to catch you up on our recent programming, and provide you with some tips on what makes a great application as well.

Since our DSUD application went live on September 22nd, All Star Code has been actively getting the word out through school site visits and our partner organizations. Traveling around NYC and meeting different students has been awesome. It’s always nice to match a face to the application. Students often come prepped with a host of questions about our application process and what they can do to make their application stand out. Below are a couple of answers to frequently asked questions concerning our Design a Start Up in a Day workshop and application process.

DSUD Workshop Questions

1. If accepted, can I attend both workshops?
Each accepted student can only attend one workshop, but you can specify on your application if you have a preferred date that you’d like to attend. Looking ahead, accepted Design a Start Up in a Day participants will ALSO be invited to our World of Coding workshop in early February, 2015. So no worries, there will be more opportunities to participate in All Star Code’s programming.

2. How many students will you be accepting?
Each workshop will hold 30 students, so 60 students in total.’

3. Who will be instructing us? Will I have help?
Kane Sarhan, Co-Founder of Enstitute, will be leading our workshop. Kane is great. And a host of tech professionals will act as mentors to help your start up come to life.

4. Will there be food at the workshop?
The answer to this question is one big resounding YES! You and I both will be looking forward to it.

DSUD Application Questions

1. If I don’t have a laptop, will that hurt my chances of getting in?
No, not at all. We only ask to get a sense of how many laptops we will have to provide for each workshop. Asking upfront helps us plan in advance. Preparation is key.

2. I don’t know how to code. Should I apply?
Absolutely! We want to help build a bridge to tech for students who may never have had the opportunity before. Don’t be afraid to try something new. Wayne Gretzky once said, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”. Take a shot. Start with All Star Code.

3. How can I make my application stand out? What are you looking for?
We are looking for highly motivated students who are interested in technology. Since we can’t take the time to meet with every student, our application serves as a way to get to know you a little better. Write thoroughly and don’t be afraid to share your dreams with us.

Looking forward to seeing those applications. Apply Now!

David Noel Jr.
Program Coordinator
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ASC Summer Intensive Launch

THE 2014 ALL STAR CODE SUMMER INTENSIVE BEGINS

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After a momentous year of workshops, events, meetups and fundraisers, our joint efforts are paying off. It is with great privilege that we launch our inaugural Summer Intensive this Monday with 20 incredibly bright and passionate young men of color. A big thanks to AlleyNYC for hosting our six-week intensive in their fantastic, midtown space.

 OUR TEAM IS GROWING

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With the launch of our Summer Intensive, we’d like to introduce you to three new members of our incredible team!

Amanda Greenberg, Special Assistant To The President (Fun Fact About Amanda: After graduating college, Amanda participated in a fellowship program where she spent 10 months living in Cambodia, teaching English at an NGO school for former street-working children.)

Paul Marques, Summer Intensive Co-Facilitator (Fun Fact About Paul: Paul is currently helping to design the Massachusetts statewide computer science frameworks.)

Jonathan Leung, Summer Intensive Co-Facilitator (Fun Fact About Jonathan: Jonathan is a 5 time organizer of PennApps, one of the largest student run hackathons in the world.)

All Star Code is still hiring a local, part-time graphic designer to join our team. If you or someone you know may be interested, please direct them HERE.

NY IDEAS FESTIVAL

All Star Code had the great pleasure of participating in this year’s New York Ideas Festival, sponsored by The Atlantic in partnership with Aspen Institute. ASC Founder and President Christina Lewis Halpern, along with Taofeek Rabiu, Senior Technical Manager of AOL platforms and ASC mentor, and Nikolas Rassoules, one of our awesome All Stars, participated in a conversation entitled, “Technicolor: Making Silicon (V)alley Look Like America”.

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The segment was moderated by Atlantic staff writer Megan Garber. You can watch the segment in full HERE. From all of us at All Star Code, Happy 4th of July! And have a great holiday weekend!

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SHOUT OUTS

GOOGLE GRANT

As our corporate partnerships continue to grow, we want to give a big shout out of appreciation to Google for their support through a Google Community Grant. Google has a rigorous vetting process for grantees and supports only absolute highest-quality organizations in the computer science education space. We are honored to be among them, and to have the investment of such a major company in the tech space.

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SUMMER BENEFIT

All Star Code will host its first summer benefit in East Hampton later this month, co-chaired by Valentino D. Carlotti, Christina Lewis Halpern, and Loida Nicolas Lewis. We’re thrilled to have Troy Carter in attendance as our special guest as well. We look forward to finally celebrating a year of hard work and great fun.

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YES WE CODE
Congrats to @YesWeCode on their new website. Now you can easily search for a coding organization near you!
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SAVE THE DATE

We hope you’ll join the All Star Code team on August 14th at our Summer Intensive Commencement and Science Fair. This will be the perfect opportunity for us to introduce you in person to our 20 All Stars and their tremendous work.
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