The digital skills gap is particularly pronounced in Memphis. The local tech community is burgeoning but still falling behind on virtually every major indicator. In order to secure our city’s prosperity in the information economy, Memphis youth require a fresh effort in computer science and technology recruitment. A handful of isolated efforts have been launched to address these problems, but we believe that existing efforts fall short of generating greater numbers of young techies.
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.