Codestarter is a nonprofit dedicated to helping more children succeed in learning code. For every $250 donated, they ship a new laptop to a child waiting to enroll in a programming class. This concept came from the recognition that resources were a limiting factor for an underserved population of kids who had the interest and drive to pick up new computer skills, but not the means to do so.
Theresa Preston-Werner co-founded Codestarter with her husband, Tom Preston-Werner, after years of gaining in-depth and in-the-field knowledge about resources and poor communities. She wanted to do something to help, and has found success in Codestarter due in part to the giving nature of the San Francisco tech community.
If you’re interested in getting involved with Codestarter, you can attend their weekly CodeKit volunteer nights, where they put together the packages the kids receive when the funding comes in for their new computers. If you would like to help sponsor a child to learn code, you can easily donate on their website. Once a computer is funded and shipped, you will receive updates regarding the progress of that child as they learn.
Originally published at blog.lendlayer.com on April 1, 2015.