We are honored and humbled to share that the YouthCode program has been awarded a $12,180 Community Action Grant from the Facebook Altoona Data Center. The grant was one of eleven awarded in 2018 with a total community investment of almost $137,000.
This financial support will allow us to purchase additional robot kits, computers and accessories in order to offer more summer camps and support more FIRST® LEGO® League teams and coding clubs. For this summer we will be offering introductory and advanced Scratch camps, Python, robotics with mBot and robotics with LEGO MINDSTORMS®. We are also considering a maker camp to introduce students to electronics and Arduino. Our summer camp schedule will be published soon.
While this funding is vital to meet our current program goals, additional help is also critical. Please consider helping us by...
- Volunteering to coach a FIRST LEGO League team for competition later this year. The season starts in August and goes through December or January, depending on the success of the team. You don't need technical expertise to be a coach, just willingness to be present and provide enthusiasm and encouragement to the students.
- Get the word out about YouthCode. Maybe someone you know would like to serve as a coach or has a student interested in coding. Your testimony serves as the best promotion of the YouthCode program.
- Provide additional financial support. While grants like the one from Facebook allows us to purchase equipment, we also need support for supplies and materials, facilities, licensing and other operating expenses. The YouthCode program is delivered entirely by volunteers to ensure all funds received are used for programming. Donations are tax-deductible and can be made online.
We appreciate the generous support of this program from individuals and community organizations and businesses like Facebook. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or would be interested in volunteering. #21stCenturySkills #ComputerScience #CSForAll