Help raise $50,000 to support the development and implementation of the new Citizen Schools program: Coding Academy. 

We will pilot Coding Academy during the 2017-18 school year with at least one cohort of 8th graders, with the goal of expanding to all Citizen Schools New York schools by 2018-19.

Help Reach our $50k Goal:

Funds will support the following:

  • Curriculum design and development for a year-long Coding Academy program that will culminate in students designing their own apps

  • Investment in technology in schools so students can continue their work outside of time spent off-site with their volunteer coding coaches

  • Hiring staff to develop the infrastructure to support this program across all of our schools

  • Hiring Teaching Assistants to chaperone students to corporate partner sites for one-on-one work with their coding mentors
8th grade academy

The new Coding Academy program will be modeled on our current 8th Grade Academy model, which takes place during the regular Extended Learning Time schedule.

8th graders who participate in this program are assigned a volunteer coach from a corporate partnership. Every other week, students travel off campus to meet with their coaches at corporate offices and continue to work on their projects back at schools. This field component provides the student with an additional opportunity to experience a professional environment and to learn directly from their coach.

Coding Academy

We have identified several ways we wish to expand and re-imagine our 8th Grade Academy to better support students' readiness for the rigors of high school, and readiness for future STEM based careers, for the upcoming year. One way in particular is to pilot this Coding Academy program in partnership with corporate partners such as Google (and hopefully others, as well).

Our goal is that 8th graders who participate in Coding Academy will perform better on their Common Core math tests, and, ultimately, attend STEM focused high schools.

None of Citizen Schools partner schools in New York City currently offer computer programming.

Technology affects every field of commerce. In fact, By 2022, the U.S. will need more than nine million STEM professionals to fill projected job openings. With only 18% of bachelor's degrees conferred in core STEM subjects, the U.S. is not projected to graduate enough STEM professionals to meet this demand. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Quarterly, STEM 101: Intro to tomorrow’s jobs, Spring 2014)

This challenge is particularly acute for members of groups historically underrepresented in STEM, including women, people of color, and those from low-income families. The country's STEM workforce remains 74% male and 85% White/Asian. Addressing this diversity gap is not only a social justice issue, but also an economic imperative.