The Season of Giving

The holiday season is upon us, and the spirit is catching. Whenever I think of this time of year, I think of three things: friends & family, food comas, and…you guessed it…giving.

GIVING TUESDAY, a movement that started in 2012, and is held annually on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, is a global initiative dedicated to giving back. Giving Tuesday involves individuals, families, companies, and charities alike; the objective is to be as #unselfie (or unselfish) with your giving as possible. So what does ‘giving’ mean? (The dictionary lists 16 different categories for the word ‘give’ and the sub-categories are even more plentiful!) It is clear that giving means a variety of things to each of us. I’d like to share three easy ways you can give to All Star Code.

1. Sharing the All Star Code Facebook and Twitter pages with your friends and followers. In this respect, it’s important to recognize that the word ‘giving’ is not only synonymous with monetary donations. Raising awareness about our organization through social media platforms across various social networks is essential for reaching potential new members of our ecosystem. We appreciate every ‘like’, ‘follow’, ‘share’, and ‘re-tweet’.

2. Volunteering your time as a mentor or volunteer at one of our Design a Startup in a Day or World of Coding workshops. We love getting to know you and seeing how much you help our students to think critically and collaborate effectively with their team members. I have been working with All Star Code for about six months now, and just had the pleasure of attending my first Design a Startup in a Day workshop last month. It was amazing to witness this exciting collaboration firsthand. These workshops are a crucial part of what All Star Code does in the months leading up to our Summer Intensive Program, and we are grateful to have so many of you participate.

3. Providing 20 inspiring young men of color with the resources they needed to learn programming languages and create projects and apps during our first annual six-week Summer Intensive this past Summer. Of those 20 young men, 70% were low-income. We are grateful to give them the opportunity to be a part of All Star Code’s program, free of charge, as a result of supporters like you.

So how can YOU participate in the Season of Giving and create impactful change? For All Star Code, your gift can provide a student with an online domain. It can cover online student accounts for continued hacking programs. It can cover MaKey MaKeys, finches, and other tools for engineers and computer programmers. It can fund hours of dedicated instructional time in the classroom. Or it can even provide a student with a laptop to use for the summer.

As Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” When you consider your end of year giving over the next few weeks, please keep All Star Code in mind. Every donation, big or small, makes a big difference.

Amanda Greenberg