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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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Spotlight On ASC Alums: Volume 2

AnthonyMeet Anthony Box. Anthony is an ASC 1 alum, currently in Beijing on a year-long School Year Abroad program. Anthony has loved living in Beijing and learning Chinese, and hopes to one day return for an internship or job with a tech company in China.

Anthony was featured on CNN last Fall in a segment titled, “US-China Relations: Can Teens Success Where Presidents Have Failed?

Anthony hopes to attend a leadership camp this Summer, and is looking forward to studying abroad in a Spanish speaking country so he can brush up on his Spanish next. He’ll be returning to All Star Code this Summer as well, spending some time with our second Summer Intensive class as a newly minted mentor.

Anthony Box
Age 16
Rising Senior
Wakefield HS, Beijing Normal University HS #2

Q. What was your experience with coding and tech prior to participating in All Star Code’s workshops and Summer Intensive?

A. I took a basic computer science class in high school. I also watched some coding videos on Youtube and tried to teach myself to code.

Q. Looking back, what was the most valuable thing you learned at the ASC Summer Intensive?

A. I learned how to code as a member of a team, which is valuable in hackathons, but will be even more valuable in my future jobs.

Q. How did ASC help you find or create your current opportunities?

A. ASC taught me a lot about coding. I also met so many amazing and successful people who taught me about taking chances. The most important thing is just to start.

ASC Partners Up With AlleyNYC!

We are excited to announce that AlleyNYC is returning as our host partner for Summer 2015! Together, All Star Code and AlleyNYC are pioneering a new form of “tech education,” pairing our unique coding instruction with exposure to top tech entrepreneurs.

AlleyNYC and its tenants are great supporters of All Star Code, and their community’s dedication to the enrichment of our youth was critical to our first Summer’s success. CEO & Co-Founder Jason Saltzman, COO Nsi Obotetukudo, and the entire Alley team are fantastic entreprenurial role models as well. They show our kids how to hustle!

With this partnership, ASC students will have regular mentorship opportunities withAlleyNYC tenants, and at summer’s end, AlleyNYC will host a large high school hackathon organized by ASC’s students. We’re thrilled to partner up with AlleyNYC once again, and we are grateful to them for subsidizing a portion of student lunches as well.

Learn more about “The Most Badass Coworking Space On The Planet” at AlleyNYC.com.

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Dropbox For Good recently made an incredible donation to All Star Code as well, and we’re thrilled to welcome many of their employee mentors at our upcoming Summer Intensive. We look forward to announcing more about Dropbox and many of our other new and exciting partnerships soon.

Spotlight On ASC Alums: Volume 1

DevonDevon Howell
Age 16
Rising Senior
Bronx High School of Science, Columbia University Class Of 2019

​ASC. Looking back, what was the most valuable thing you learned at the
ASC Summer Intensive?

​DH​. I learned that failure IS an option, so long as it is a springboard for success. I am defined by failures only in the sense that they have added experience to my life.

​ASC​. What tech related activities are you up to now?

​DH​. I am involved in an organization called The Young Hackers. My job is to organize mentors and workshops during our hackathons. I make sure that everyone who needs help gets it.

​ASC​. What piece of advice would you give to the next cohort of All
Stars?

​DH​. Always challenge yourself. If you’re not struggling, you’re likely not learning. Taking on challenges give you valuable experience and an indescribable sense of accomplishment.


EricEric Razor
Age 16
Rising Junior
Academy for Software Engineering

​ASC​. What was your favorite part of the ASC Summer Intensive?

​ER​. My favorite part of The ASC Summer Intensive was networking. I got to meet so many incredible people like Michael Lisovetsky and Jason Marmon, who have a real estate startup called Skylight (Check it out!) I also loved team building every Wednesday with my fellow All Stars. I got to know so many different lives. ASC truly changed mine.

​ASC​. Looking back, what was the most valuable thing you learned at the
ASC Summer Intensive?

​ER​. The most valuable thing I learned at The ASC Summer Intensive was to ask. Along with coding, learning to ask is the most powerful tool you have. One of our speakers, Avi Flombaum of The Flatiron School, was really good at emphasizing the need to struggle. Struggle leads to asking good questions. You never know until you ask.

​ASC​. How did ASC help you find or create your current opportunities?

​ER​. I would have never been able to do what I can do now without ASC. I am a lot more curious. I ask a lot more questions. I want to know why things work the way they work. I tackle problems more slowly. I ask for help. I refuse to give up.


AustinAustin Carvey
Age 16
Rising Junior
High School for Math, Science, and Engineering at City College

​ASC​. What was your experience with coding and tech prior to participating in All Star Code’s workshops and Summer Intensive?

A​C​. Before All Star Code, I completed one Javascript course. The course gave me a high level understanding of many coding concepts, but no real experience with how to implement them, and no real hacking philosophy either.

​ASC​. What tech related activities are you up to now?

A​C​. I co-founded a collective called The Young Hackers with my fellow All Star, Mamadou. We plan hackathons for other high schoolers. Since our inception, we have had four very successful hackathons and over 400 happy hackers in attendance. Most of our fellow All Stars have been involved one way or another as well. I’m also taking AP Computer Science at my school, but it’s been a breeze for me. So I enjoy helping my classmates with their assignments so they too can learn the joy of hacking.

​ASC​. How did ASC help you find or create your current opportunities?

A​C​. All Star Code introduced me to hackathons, and gave me the drive and the team to start The Young Hackers. The algorithmic thinking I developed at the Summer Intensive made my AP Computer Science curriculum really simple to understand. I can break down complex problems into simpler ones and solve those quickly, ending up with an effective solution. All Star Code ignited a fire in me, which has inspired me to create projects outside of school, and keep that joy alive.

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.

PRESS

“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.

The All Star Code Impact

In September of last year, a chance meeting with Christina Lewis Halpern changed my life. Christina was just about to publicly launch All Star Code.  She was looking for someone to help run her new non-profit’s first event, to be held at Spotify’s headquarters a week later. In talking with her, I felt inspired by her passion, chutzpah, and big picture thinking. So, I dove in.

We met every day that week leading up to the event. And upon successfully wrapping All Star Code’s first workshop, she casually said to me with a smile, “You’re coming back Monday, right?”

I wasn’t lying about the chutzpah.

Of course I came back the following Monday. And here I am now – 4 workshops, 2 fundraisers, 1 benefit, 6 Summer Intensive weeks and 14 months of Mondays later.

In just one year, All Star Code has worked with more than 100 students from 8 different states and 56 different schools. We’ve recruited top industry professionals as teachers and mentors, and built a program that is so unique, so impactful, and so timely that I constantly find myself talking about the kinds of future leaders our All Stars are destined to become.

As the Director of Marketing and Events, I am highly attuned to the narratives that weave in and out of All Star Code. I often tell friends stories about the All Star student who shadowed me when I photographed a website building workshop. He then built an incredible website not only to showcase his own photography, but to get hired out as an event photographer himself. Or I speak of the two All Stars who created an interactive game that was such a hit at our Summer Benefit in July that the head of a museum invited them to showcase it at HIS event. More recently, I tell everyone about the All Star who came into the Summer Intensive with no prior coding experience, only to build a company with his cohorts that hosted a better-attended hackathon than our own. Christina’s chutzpah is clearly contagious.

Christina often tells anyone involved with All Star Code to “live the mission.” For me, that includes helping build an ecosystem of education and access for our All Stars, through both professional and personal resources.

When we were looking at different tech companies to host field trips for the Summer Intensive, I called my brother’s girlfriend, who works at LinkedIn.  I asked her to help me plan a day-long workshop that included student pitch sessions, profile building, and a hike to the top of the Empire State Building (where LinkedIn’s New York offices are headquartered). When we hosted a fundraiser in my hometown of San Francisco, I called upon a high school friend and winery owner to donate cases of wine to the event. When we needed assistant event managers at the Summer Benefit, I called upon three colleagues who had assisted me previously on other non-profit events. And when one of their boyfriends, a computer programmer, found out about her involvement with All Star Code, he rang me up the next day with a mixture of excitement and jealousy and asked how he too could get involved. And so he became a mentor at our last Design A Startup In A Day workshop hosted by Google. I live the mission by recruiting talent and building out our ecosystem because I believe in these boys and their potential to change the world.

Our ecosystem is expanding every day. If you are reading this now, then you are already a part of it. So I ask you, how will YOU live the mission? Will you volunteer or mentor at a workshop? Will you co-host a fundraiser? Or will you do something as easy as share our newsworthy updates on social media? All such efforts carry our movement forward.  We are all committed to changing the lives of our All Stars. What may surprise you is that because of your involvement with All Star Code, your life could very easily change as well.

Michael Schwartz & All Star Coders at Google Workshop

ASC Fall ’14 Workshop Announcement

DESIGN A STARTUP IN A DAY RETURNS!

After two successful workshops last Fall, All Star Code’s Design a Startup in a Day returns with a November workshop at Google and a December workshop at General Assembly! Applications are now LIVE on our website. We’re excited to share another fun-filled, educational experience with a new group of high school aged young men of color, and we look forward to reuniting with some familiar faces and hosting several new friends from our ASC ecosystem. Here are three ways in which you can help us get the word out:

  • Forward this e-mail to anyone you think may be interested
  • Share the news on social media #AllStarCode
  • Request a printed flyer to post in your school, office, or community

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ALL STAR CODE’S SUMMER INTENSIVE METRICS

The 2014 Summer Intensive was a great success. The data from our post-Intensive surveys only confirms the great impact ASC had on the first cohort of students.

– 100% of All Star Coders self-identified as “hackers” by summer’s end
– 95% of ASC alums say they are now strongly considering a career in Computer Science
– The number of languages All Star Coders reported being exposed to and using grew from 9 to 20 by program’s end

As Luis Dominguez, 2014 All Star Coder, shared, “I would have been much more reluctant to pursue tech if I hadn’t done All Star Code. ASC has brightened my opportunities for the future.”

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THE YOUNG HACKERS


A key component to ASC’s programming is producing students who go on to create their own business models and projects. Two of our All Stars, Austin and Mamadou, have already launched The Young Hackers: an organization dedicated to connecting and empowering young hackers everywhere. Organizations such as Code Day, DroidCon, Teen Tech, and Stony Brook’s Unhackathon have already approached them for assistance. Congrats All Stars!

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CODE.ORG STUDENT OF THE WEEK

Code.Org Student of the WeekAnother one of our All Stars has been featured as code.org’s Student of the Week! Djassi Julien is the second ASC student to be featured by code.org. Check out his full article HERE.

TECH CONFERENCES

d42ab48e-8556-416c-9e07-6dab5b061e1aLooking back: On September 11th, All Star Code’s Founder and President, Christina Lewis Halpern, participated as a panelist in The Atlantic’s Technologies in Education forum in Washington, DC. The panel discussion centered around preparing today’s students for tomorrow’s jobs. The panel included Tracy Gray, Managing Researcher at the American Institutes for Research, Kwame Simmons, Principal of Kramer Middle School, and Anne Wintroub, Director of Sustainability and Citizenship for AT&T.

d72eaa94-ab39-46b5-9d02-990e7428d4a6Looking ahead: All Star Code is proud to be a community partner at Digital Undivided’s Focus100, “the most diverse tech conference on the planet”. Come swing by our table next month and say Hello! On October 4th, ASC Founder and President Christina Lewis Halpern will also be one of four judges at the 11 am FOCUS Fellow PITCH Session. You can check out the full Focus100 schedule HERE.

PRESS

129ff1f5-4329-4f68-a0b0-71032540edcaChristina was recently interviewed by The Feast about All Star Code’s partnership with GLG. Check out the full interview HERE.

PHOTO GALLERIES

ec2e3c7a-075d-4cab-8cdf-88d2f9bf1cb5From our first workshop to our latest fundraiser, enjoy the brand new Photo Galleries on our website.

JOIN OUR MISSION

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to All Star Code, and support the next generation of tech pioneers! Visit our DONATION page for more info.

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SUMMER INTENSIVE RECAP
 

While the final two weeks of the Summer Intensive focused on the All Star’s final projects, we still scheduled in some fantastic guest speakers.

  • Frederick Hutson, Founder and CEO of Pigeonly, a unique platform that uses algorithms to collect and organize data on the nation’s incarcerated
  • Peter Boyce, an early stage VC of General Catalyst, a venture capital firm focused on Early Stage and XIR/Growth investments
  • Maya Draisin, Associate Marketing Publisher for Wired Magazine, who spoke to the students about exciting, new technologies like 3D printing and Oculus Rift

The All Stars also participated in an Etiquette Luncheon at the Harvard Club, hosted by Summer Benefit co-chair Loida Nicolas Lewis. At the Harvard Club, the All Stars snapped a shot with a portrait of Reginald F. Lewis, who inspired the founding of All Star Code.

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All Star Code Summer Intensive

The six-week Summer Intensive was undoubtedly a great triumph. As co-facilitator Paul Marques remarked, “I saw students come into the program with little or no coding experience, and leave with the equivalent of a full year’s worth of advanced placement high school computer science, as well as a new-found autonomy to educate themselves further and build their own projects in the future.”

SCIENCE FAIR COMMENCEMENT RECAP



All Star Code’s first Summer Intensive Science Fair & Commencement was held last week at Microsoft HQ in Times Square. The Science Fair showcased the All Star’s diverse and highly creative projects, including All Star Blackjack (a fine product of object-oriented programming), the video game mash-up Street Fighter x Tekken, and All Star Projects, a website that organizes and shares all of the All Star’s projects, this year and beyond.

As one of our All Stars, Luis, told us at the end of the Intensive, “ASC really does expand your world-view. I often stayed after the program to talk with the co-facilitators and it just fueled my passion to learn more. It gave me that much more motivation. I was seeing the world in black and white before. I needed All Star Code to provide the color that I was missing. I’m really grateful for this program.”

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Looking ahead, we’re already gearing up to host our new Fall workshops on November 1st and December 13th in NYC, led by co-founder of Enstitute Kane Sarhan. Also look out this Fall for a new blog on our website,AllStarCode.org, as well as a short documentary about our Summer Intensive.

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STUDENT-CREATED HACKATHON

As the Summer Intensive progressed, we were continuously blown away by the initiative of our All Stars. Two of them, Mamadou and Austin, even spearheaded and organized their own Hackathon, held at AlleyNYC the day after the Summer Intensive ended. Attended by over 90 high school students from throughout New York City, and featuring more than 15 demos, this student-led programming proved a great success. Mamadou said his favorite part was finally playing a mentor role to others. Check out some photographs of the event below, taken by Nikolas, another one of our All Stars.

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CODE.ORG’S STUDENT OF THE WEEK

We’re so pleased that Code.org has also chosen Nikolas as their Student Of The Week. Check out their blog HERE, which highlights Nikolas’ unique passions and creativity.

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HIRING FOR FALL



All Star Code is looking to hire a Development Manager. This person would report to Founder and President Christina Lewis Halpern, and would continue to build upon and execute our development plan. Check out the job description and apply HERE, and please forward along to anyone you think  may be a good fit!

SUMMER INTENSIVE THANK YOU’S

Thank you first and foremost to the incredibly generous AlleyNYC for hosting our Summer Intensive. 

Thank you to our fantastic co-facilitators, Paul Marques and Jonathan Leung, our curriculum advisors, Avi Flombaum and Kane Sarhan, and our teaching fellows, Moustafa Ndiaye and Sam Riggs.

Thank you to Spotify, Google, LinkedIn, GLG, AOL, Microsoft, Chelsea Piers, Dev Bootcamp, and Flatiron School for hosting Summer Intensive site visits, events and field trips. 

Thank you to all the mentors, speakers, special guests, and volunteers who helped make this Summer Intensive such a resounding success.

We are All Star Code.

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.

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SUMMER BENEFIT

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.

Check out the benefit coverage from Bloomberg and East Hampton Star, as well as Bill Cunningham’s photographs, featured in the Sunday Styles section of The New York Times.

If you have not yet supported All Star Code, please consider making a donation now.

ALL STAR CODE Summer Benefit

Two of the Summer Benefit co-chairs, Loida Nicolas Lewis and Valentino D. Carlotti

ALL STAR CODE Summer Benefit

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

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Founder & President Christina Lewis Halpern welcomes guests with the All Stars

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Mayor David Dinkins talks to two All Stars at their Internet Famous station

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Special Guest Troy Carter tops the FIFA station scoreboard

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Supporter Sherry B. Bronfman tries her hand at the All Star Maze station

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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THIS WEEK

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.

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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