A PREP PROGRAM CONNECTING YOUNG BLACK MEN TO THE TECH INDUSTRY.
All Star Code is a new non-profit initiative that seeks to attract, prepare, and place high-potential, qualified young black men in the tech-career pipeline and help them achieve full-time employment at technology companies early in their careers.
We are dedicated to closing the systemic opportunity gap between young black men and the tech industry. African-Americans comprise less than 1% of startup founding teams, a critical sector for job growth and wealth creation.
ASC will offer three introductory workshops starting in Fall 2013 aimed at recruiting more than a 100 All Stars excited about careers in tech, coding, and gaming.
ASC will offer an elite, six-week Summer Intensive Program in 2014 targeting 20 of the best & brightest All Stars. The program will include a rigorous programming course, but it will also include a comprehensive curriculum of entrepreneurial “soft skills” (leadership, innovation, team-work, etc.) that will help our graduates stand out years later when they enter the talent pipeline of top companies and startups.
The All Stars would receive ongoing mentorship and networking with leading technology companies (established and startups) over the course of 4-5 years as they make choices about what to study, where to do it, what sort of summer internship programs to aim for, and so on.
Design a Startup in a Day
We’re thrilled to host our second Fall Workshop at General Assembly. We need your help in spreading the word to students!
On Saturday, November 23rd, students will come to General Assembly and learn to “wireframe” a mock startup company, tour the GA facilities in the Flatiron district, meet mentors who are active technology professionals, and learn more about our upcoming summer program.
Who: Creative black males, ages 14-17, who are curious about tech, coding, and startups
What: Wireframe your own startup with a team of peers, engage and lunch with GA graduates, tech employees, and industry leaders, tour the GA facilities, and learn more about All Star Code’s upcoming summer program
When: Saturday, November 23rd, 2013 from 9 – 5
Where: General Assembly, Flatiron District, NYC
Christina Lewis Halpern
A Letter from our Founder-
In the month before he died, my father named me to the board of his foundation. I was 12 and since then, I’ve been dedicated to supporting causes that helped the black community. As a business journalist, I watched and reported as income inequality grew, and saw how those with assets reaped seemingly ever-increasing rewards. If my father were a young man today, he would be working in technology, the growth industry for building wealth in the 21st century. As I thought about ways to help build up access to the tech world for minority talent, I found there was already much good work being done, and in particular programs addressing the lack of women in the industry. I envisioned All Star Code to be a program that could help young men like my father, who have the intelligence and drive, but not the necessary connections, gain access to this exciting, dynamic field. -Christina Lewis Halpern
Christina Lewis Halpern, a philanthropist and former Wall Street Journal reporter, is the founder of All Star Code. She is the author of “Lonely At The Top,” a memoir about her father, Reginald F. Lewis, the first African-American to build a billion-dollar business, and has served 20 years on the board of directors of Reginald F. Lewis Foundation, which is dedicated to supporting youth, arts and education programs that help minority communities. Lewis Halpern received her B.A. from Harvard College.
Current Founding Members
Jessica & Samuel Lessin
Rosalyn & Elliott Wiley, Sr.
Elliott Wiley, Jr.
David Buckner Orr
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All Star Code is in the process of applying for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service. Your donation will be tax-deductible once approved.