All Star Code’s inaugural Summer Benefit was a spectacular success, bringing together 140 people and raising over $200,000 and counting. These funds will go directly towards supporting our ground-breaking tech prep program, ensuring that we can invest in the highest-quality curriculum and continue to deliver the highest possible impact to our talented and deserving All Stars. Whether you’re a new friend of All Star Code’s or an early supporter, we thank you for your help and participation thus far.
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Two of the Summer Benefit co-chairs, Loida Nicolas Lewis and Valentino D. Carlotti
Benefit co-chairs Loida Nicolas Lewis, Christina Lewis Halpern, Valentino D. Carlotti, with Special Guest Troy Carter, Supporters Russell Simmons and Leslie Lewis, and six of our All Stars
Founder & President Christina Lewis Halpern welcomes guests with the All Stars
Mayor David Dinkins talks to two All Stars at their Internet Famous station
Special Guest Troy Carter tops the FIFA station scoreboard
Supporter Sherry B. Bronfman tries her hand at the All Star Maze station
Guests snap photos with the All Stars using Makey Makey’s and a handshake
WEEK 1/2 HIGHLIGHTS
Avi Flombaum, Dean of The Flatiron School, kicked off the Summer Intensive with a great introduction to the world of coding. Afterwards, he said, “These kids are amazing and have so much potential. They are passionate and curious. I’m really happy to have had the opportunity to talk to them.”
Hank Williams, Founder of Platform, William Crowder, Managing Director at Dreamit Ventures, and AOL CTO William Pence with Senior Marketing Manager Sara Bennett all had fantastic sessions with the students as well.
A wide range of site visits included Dev Bootcamp, Spotify and The Flatiron School. And last Friday’s trip to Google HQ included conversations with Raj Krishnan, Product Manager, William Floyd, Head of External Affairs, and Katy Knight of Community Affairs.
Talks with Arun Alagappan, Founder of Advantage Testing, and Dan Rodriguez, VP of Technology at Admit Advantage. More coding workshops with our co-facilitators Paul Marques and Jonathan Leung. More Hacking Success workshops with Signe Harriday. New athletic activities at Chelsea Piers. And a special visit to LinkedIn Headquarters in the Empire State Building.
IN THE NEWS
Check out this article in Philanthropy News Digest about how to boost black male achievement.
“The barriers to success that black men face have been in plain sight for decades, so it is particularly heartening to see a movement taking shape that is specifically crafted to address these challenges and change the odds for one of the most disenfranchised populations in America.”
-Geoffrey Canada, President & CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone