As the information economy advances, the digital skills gap is significant for adults and children nationwide, but is particularly pronounced in Memphis, where the tech community is bourgeoning, but is still behind on virtually every major indicator, threatening our city’s prosperity. And while a handful of isolated efforts have been launched to begin to address these problems amongst our youth, what Memphis really needs is an environment that generates much greater numbers of young techies than current efforts do today.
CodeCrew proactively addresses these problems by:
- Directly providing in-depth computer science training to kids,
- Serving as a resource for parents, educators, and other organizations looking to address the digital skills gap, and
- Raising awareness about the importance of diversity in tech and the role of computer science education in lifting prosperity in Memphis.
In partnership with the Memphis Grizzlies Foundation, our 2015 pilot program included a one-day workshop, a six-week in-depth digital code camp, and a two-day hackathon. Today, we have multiple summer camps, multiple after-school programs, three in-school electives programs, and a number of special events.