ASC Summer Intensive Commencement


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.

All Star Code Summer Intensive

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.”


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,, as well as a short documentary about our Summer Intensive.

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



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!


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.

Invitation To Commencement + SI Week 3/4 Highlights


Dear friends,

I’m pleased to announce our Commencement Science Fair, to be held at the Microsoft offices in Times Square next Thursday, August 14th. Join us as we conclude our first annual Summer Intensive Program and welcome our All Stars into the ASC ecosystem. It will be an evening of great conversation, demo presentations, light refreshments, and joyous celebration.

For those of you who have been with us since the beginning nearly two years ago, I can promise you that what you’ll see at our Commencement Science Fair will fulfill the vision I laid out to you at the start. For new friends, this is a great opportunity to see everything we’ve been up to in one evening.

Feel free to forward this e-mail to hiring partners, potential donors, and journalists as well, and help us get the word out to influencers who can help us build our movement.

Space is limited. RSVP HERE.







As the All Stars put the finishing touches on their projects for next week’s Commencement Science Fair at Microsoft, a few more exciting site visits remain, including a trip to AOL’s offices tomorrow. This site visit will include an office tour, as well as a panel discussion moderated by Suzanna Lindbergh, VP of Buzz Marketing. Panelists will include Anil Kadimesetty, Manager of the Test Engineering Team at The Huffington Post, and Lainie Rosenthal, Sr. Communications Manager for AOL Advertising.





august07Arun Alagappan, President of Advantage Testing, encouraged the All Stars to “find their clocks”, and pursue things they love.


Baratunde Thurston, Comedian, Author, and Entrepreneur, spoke to the All Stars with candor and humor about what it’s like to sometimes be the only man of color in the class.


Dan Rodriguez, VP of Tech at Admit Advantage, as well as a black belt, base jumper, and techie all in one, talked about failure and the importance of pursuing different interests.


Signe Harriday, a multi-disciplinary artist and teacher, and one of our Hacking Success co-facilitators, worked with the All Stars on creating and rehearsing their elevator pitches.




The All Stars visited GLG’s new home at One Grand Central Place, where they toured the offices and met President and CEO Alexander Saint-Amand.


The All Stars also visited LinkedIn’s offices in the Empire State Building, where they built LinkedIn profiles, practiced their elevator pitches with a diverse panel of creatives and engineers, and checked out the view of New York City from the Observation Deck on the 86th floor!



Two of our All Stars, Austin and Nikolas, brought their ASC Summer Benefit project to the Children’s Museum of The East End’s Family Fair. Their project, an interactive soccer match that has guests controlling robotic finches using remote-controlled gloves, was a huge hit. Thanks to Steve Long and CMEE for inviting us to participate!


The 2014 ASC Summer Benefit + SI Week 1/2 Highlights


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.

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

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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


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.



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

ASC Summer Intensive Launch


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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.


ASC Team is Growing

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.


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”.

New York Ideas Festival

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!

New York Ideas Festival



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.

Google Grant


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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Congrats to @YesWeCode on their new website. Now you can easily search for a coding organization near you!
Yes We Code


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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All Star Code is Growing!


All Star Code is currently hiring for three positions:

1) Special Assistant to the President
2) Summer Intensive Success Skills Instructor
3) Research Consultant

Spread the word! Please check out the hyperlinks above, or click HERE for more information.

ASC is hiring


We are so pleased with the incredible response our Summer Intensive applications drew, and we thank you for helping us spread the word. We’ll be notifying our inaugural class soon. We can’t wait to share with you our first cohort of Summer Intensive All Stars!

GLG Social Impact


All Star Code is honored to join an impressive class of GLG Social Impact Fellowship organizations. The GLG Social Impact Fellow program brings nonprofit leaders and social entrepreneurs into the GLG Community to solve many of their complex operational and developmental challenges. You can read more about this incredible opportunity HERE.


All Star Code has been selected by Echoing Green as a finalist for their 2014 Black Male Achievement Fellowship program! This innovative partnership between the Open Society Foundations and Echoing Green is dedicated to improving the life outcomes of black men and boys in the U.S., and is the first fellowship program in the world for social entrepreneurs who are starting up new and innovative organizations in the field of black male achievement. You can read more about this wonderful program HERE.

Echoing Green


Have you seen our new website lately? has undergone major renovations, and features our brand new logo, as seen at the top of this newsletter. Let us know what you think of it via Twitter. We’ll continue to share up-to-the-minute news on the site, and be sure to stay connected with us via FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, Instagram, and Tumblr as well.

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“There will be 1.4 million tech jobs by 2020. And the existing pipelines don’t have enough people to fill them. You have to invest in people to fill this need. It’s a national priority.” Check out Christina’s new interview with OZY.


All Star Code has partnered with General Assembly to bring more underrepresented groups of people into tech with The Opportunity Fund. You can read more about it on Fast Company, The Next Web, and Jake’s Blog Post.


Coding programs and tech industry diversification continue to be a part of the national conversation. Check out this article in The Wall Street Journal about a former Goldman Sachs tech analyst launching a new coding program in Hong Kong, and this article in The San Francisco Chronicle about getting more women and minorities onto tech rosters.