Philly CoderDojo

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  • Philly CoderDojo need volunteers to help a local CoderDojo started in Philadelphia and South Jersey. CoderDojo is an open source, volunteer led international movement of free computer programming clubs for young people. At Dojos, young people between 7 and 17 learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and more. Dojos are set up, run by and led by volunteer members of the community, for their local community.

    College provides a pathway to high-paying jobs but only 1 in 3 adults achieve a bachelor’s degree (2015 US Census) leaving many youths unprepared to enter a highly skilled workforce that they can’t afford to become qualified for. A report from Burning Glass, a job market analytics firm, found that there were as many as 7 million job openings in 2015 in occupations that required coding skills. They also found that programming jobs overall are growing 12% faster than the market average. Technology skills and computational thinking are critical to promoting prosperity in the lives of youth especially those who come from low-income families. Philly CoderDojo plans to combat the digital skills gap creating a diverse pipeline to these fast-growing technology enabled jobs.

    Philly CoderDojo youth (ninjas) are developing coding expertise. Simultaneously they are being invited to attend science and technical fairs; engineering, design and robotics competitions; given opportunities for entrepreneurship by innovating and developing new technologies and exploring original design and ideas; engage in STEM internships and summer jobs; re-invest in their communities via design problem solving projects; visit and apply to technical-oriented high schools, college and universities giving them a cognitive and early professional advantage.

    Philly CoderDojo is recruiting volunteers via IBM, corporate partners, Temple and Drexel universities, Called-To-Serve CDC, US2020, YouthBuild Camden, and youth-focused/ educational non-profits. We have been fortunate to partner with three (3) elementary schools in North Philadelphia and Strawberry Mansion.  There will be dojo sessions held once a month after school at Bethune, Dr. Ethel Allen and Kenderton as well as one Saturday a month at Temple University College of Engineering & Bethlehem Baptist Church We are need of Mentors and non-technical volunteers for as many sessions as you can.

    Philly CoderDojo needs you! Philly CoderDojo Mentors Orientation – email PHLCoderDojo@gmail to Schedule

    1st Thursdays:
    Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School 3:30 to 5:30pm at 3301 Old York Rd, Phila, PA 19140 on 3/9/17, 4/6/17, 5/4/17, 6/1/17, School’s out, 9/7/17, 10/5/17, 11/2/17, 12/7/17
    1/4/18, 2/1/18, 3/1/18, 4/5/18, 5/1/18 & 6/7/18

    2nd Tuesdays:
    Dr. Ethel Allen Elementary School 3:30pm to 5:30pm at 3200 W Lehigh Ave, Phila, PA 19132 on 9/12/17, 10/10/17, 11/14/17, 12/12/17, 1/9/18, 2/13/18, 3/13/18, 4/10/18, 5/8/18 & 6/5/18

    2nd Saturdays:
    Temple University College of Engineering 10:00am to 12:00pm at 1947 N 12th St, Phila, PA 19122 on 9/9/17, 10/14/17, 11/11/17, 12/9/17, 1/13/18, 2/10/18, 3/10/18, 4/14/18, 5/12/18 & 6/9/18

    3rd Wednesdays: 
    Kenderton Elementary School 3:30pm to 5:30pm at 1500 W Ontario St, Phila, PA 19140 on 9/20/17, 10/18/17, 11/15/17, 12/13/17, 1/17/18, 2/21/18, 3/21/18, 4/19/18, 5/16/18 & 6/6/18

    3rd Saturdays:
    Bethlehem Baptist Church 3:00 to 5:00pm at 712 Penllyn Pike Spring House, PA 19477
    3/18/17, 4/22/17, 5/20/17, 6/17/17, 7/22/17, 8/19/17, 9/16/17, 10/21/17, 11/18/17, 12/16/17,
    1/20/18, 2/17/18, 3/17/18, 4/21/18, 5/19/18 & 6/16/18

  • ORGANIZATION/PROGRAM

    Organization Name: Philly CoderDojo
    Organization Street Address: PO Box 34357
    Organization City, State, Zip: Philadelphia, PA 19101-4357
    Organization Phone Number: 2673181526
    Short Description of Organization:

    Philly CoderDojo was started in January 2017 in Philadelphia as a local outreach of CoderDojo. CoderDojo is an open source, volunteer led international movement of free computer programming clubs for young people. The CoderDojo movement believes that an understanding of programming languages is increasingly important in the modern world, that it’s both better and easier to learn these skills early, and that nobody should be denied the opportunity to do so. To that end, we’ve built a global network of free, volunteer-led, community-based programming clubs for young people. Anyone aged seven to seventeen can visit a Dojo where they can learn to code, build a website, create an app or a game, and explore technology in an informal, creative, and social environment. Dojos are set up, run by and led by volunteer members of the community, for their local community. Philly CoderDojo plans to combat the digital skills gap creating a diverse pipeline to these fast-growing technology enabled jobs.

    Philly CoderDojo youth (ninjas) are developing coding expertise. Simultaneously they are being invited to attend science and technical fairs; engineering, design and robotics competitions; given opportunities for entrepreneurship by innovating and developing new technologies and exploring original design and ideas; engage in STEM internships and summer jobs; re-invest in their communities via design problem solving projects; visit and apply to technical-oriented high schools, college and universities giving them a cognitive and early professional advantage.

    Program Street Address: 1947 North 12th Street
    Philadelphia
    Pennsylvania
    19122
    Program Phone Number: 2673181526
    Which one best describes your organization?: Non-Profit
    Which one best describes your program?: Site-based - stationary (students come to a site)
    Is your program delivered in collaboration with external partners?: Yes
    If you answered yes to the last question ("l"), please list those partners.:

    Called-To-Serve CDC

    Accepting Mentors: Accepting Mentors

    CONTENT

    Is STEM the "core" of your program?: Yes
    Which type of STEM programming do you offer? (choose ALL that apply):
    • Computer Science
    • Engineering
    • Robotics
    Which other activities does your STEM program include? (choose All that apply):
    • Academic Enrichment and Homework Help
    • Drop-Out Prevention and College Preparation
    • Project-Based Learning
    • Workforce Development
    Does your program use volunteer STEM mentors?: Yes

    LOCATION AND SHARING

    Where is your STEM program offered? (choose ALL that apply):
    • Lower North Philadelphia
    • Other
    If you chose "other" for the question above then tell us where your program is offered.:

    Bethlehem, PA
    Strawberry Mansion

    When does your STEM program take place? (choose ALL that apply):
    • Summer
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Spring
    • After school
    • Weekend

    PARTICIPANTS

    How many children does your program serve each year? Numbers can be estimates.: 101-500 individuals
    How many hours/week does each child participate? Numbers can be estimates, and can be specific to a season or semester.: Less than 2 hours per week
    Which ages/grades does your STEM program serve? (choose ALL that apply):
    • Kindergarten - 2nd grade
    • 3rd - 6th grade
    • 7th - 8th grade
    • 9th -12th grade
    Which gender(s) does your STEM program serve? (choose ALL that apply):
    • Girls
    • Boys
    • Transgender and Gender Non Conforming
    Which ethnic/racial populations does your STEM program serve?:
    • African-American
    • Latino
    • Caucasian
    • Asian
    • Native American
    • Middle Eastern
    • Multi-Ethnic
    If you chose "other" for the question above, then please type the racial/ethnic demographic that is represented at your program.:

    During student registration ethnicity information is not requested or collected. Logistically the student population of the dojos has currently been predominately African-American but all are welcome.

    What percentage of your participants are eligible for free or reduced lunch? Percentages can be estimates.*: 76-100%
    Who can participate in your STEM program?: Individuals and groups
    Can your STEM program accommodate youth with special needs?: Do not know
    If you chose "yes" for the question above, please explain how you are able to accommodate youth with special needs.:

    We have been able to accommodate the needs of some higher-functioning students diagnosed with Asperger's.

    FEE/FEE STRUCTURE

    Do participants need to pay for your STEM program?: No
    Is transportation to and from your program provided?:
    • No students must provide their own transportation.
    • No we travel to sites and students.

    ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

    Please place your additional comments in the section below.:

    Contact the Philly CoderDojo Champion/ Service Leader, Nefertiti Stanford, at (267) 318-1526 or PHLCoderDojo@gmail.com.
    Volunteer registration link https://form.jotform.com/path2prosper/philly-coderdojo-volunteer-register.
    Once registered you will receive an email invite as a Mentor for regional CoderDojo’s website.

    Philly CoderDojo Locations/ Schedule:*

    Bethlehem Baptist Church 3rd Saturdays Dojos - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
    3/18/17, 4/22/17, 5/20/17, 6/17/17, 7/22/17, 8/19/17, 9/16/17, 10/21/17, 11/18/17, 12/16/17
    1/20/18, 2/17/18, 3/17/18, 4/21/18, 5/19/18 & 6/16/18

    Temple University College of Engineering 2nd Saturdays Dojos - 10:00am to 12:00pm
    9/9/17, 10/14/17, 11/11/17, 12/9/17
    1/13/18, 2/10/18, 3/10/18, 4/14/18, 5/12/18 & 6/9/18

    Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School 1st Thursdays Dojos - 3:30pm to 5:30pm (after-school)
    3/9/17, 4/6/17, 5/4/17, 6/1/17, School's out, 9/7/17, 10/5/17, 11/2/17, 12/7/17
    1/4/18, 2/1/18, 3/1/18, 4/5/18, 5/1/18 & 6/7/18

    Dr. Ethel Allen Elementary School 2nd Tuesdays Dojos - 3:30pm to 5:30pm (after-school)
    9/12/17, 10/10/17, 11/14/17, 12/12/17
    1/9/18, 2/13/18, 3/13/18, 4/10/18, 5/8/18 & 6/5/18

    Kenderton Elementary School 3rd Wednesdays Dojos - 3:30pm to 5:30pm (after-school)
    9/20/17, 10/18/17, 11/15/17, 12/13/17
    1/17/18, 2/21/18, 3/21/18, 4/19/18, 5/16/18 & 6/6/18

    *Some dates tentative pending Tech Mentor recruitment

    A CoderDojo Tech Volunteer is also known as a Mentor and is a technically skilled individual who guides CoderDojo attendees and facilitates their learning and project work during a Dojo session. Mentors usually have a preferred area or expertise within which they like to work (eg. HTML, Python etc.). It is recommended that ALL CoderDojo Volunteers are to be background checked according to local regulations. The Mentors main focus is on guiding the young people through the basics and then facilitating them in creating their own projects.

    These are basic requirements for Tech Mentors: 1) A love of coding and enthusiasm for passing this skill on; 2) Basic Knowledge of at least one coding language or experience with Scratch.; 3) Background checked according to local, state and federal regulations.; & 4) Equipment necessary for a session you want to run if it is not supplied by the Dojo itself. A Tech Volunteer can support their Dojo by providing encouragement to young people at the Dojo and helping with: Planning a Dojo: Choosing and researching Tutorials for the sessions; Choosing and Sourcing equipment needed for the Dojo; Organization and operational support; & Creating / researching new Resources for the Dojo. At the Dojo: Health and Safety Checks; Mentoring and Supervision: Positive reinforcement: Project support and guidance; Encourage creativity &Facilitate Peer to peer learning

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  • If you chose "other" for the question above, then please type the racial/ethnic demographic that is represented at your program.:

    During student registration ethnicity information is not requested or collected. Logistically the student population of the dojos has currently been predominately African-American but all are welcome.