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Code4Life is an after school program developed by the Economic Growth DC Foundation in partnership with Accenture. It will teach basic computer programming skills to boys and girls in the District of Columbia public and charter school systems.  Scheduled to begin in September of 2014, the program will provide instruction in basic coding to a groups of 12-15 sixth graders at the new KIPP Northeast Academy.

The class will meet for two hours after school, one day a week for the entire school year. A summer immersion program will be offered starting in 2015. Students will remain in the program and working on progressively more complex programming, including a robotics module, until they complete 12th-grade.

Accenture is currently designing the curriculum for the program and will provide the instructors for each class. The Foundation will administer the program, provide operational and managerial support and handle fundraising. The curriculum is being designed to scale easily. Assuming initial success, we would like to see the program spread to other DCPS and charter schools as quickly as resources permit.

The program envisions helping program participants with internships, SAT preparation, and for those enrolling in higher-ed computer science programs, help with applications and financial aid. The program will be considered a success when participants are successfully enrolled in a 4-year college level computer science program, in a technical training program, or successfully placed in a professional technology job upon graduation from high school.

If you would be interested in supporting this program, click on the “Contribute” button at the top of this page. The Foundation is registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Your contribution is fully tax-deductible as a charitable gift.

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