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ScriptEd

New York et San Francisco New York and San Francisco

Access to computer science courses and professional opportunities for underprivileged students.

ScriptEd equips students in under-resourced high schools in New York City with the fundamental coding skills and professional experiences they need to access to careers in technology. Students first complete ScriptEd’s Foundation Course, after which they are eligible to attend more advanced courses and to access internships at leading tech companies. The organization has grown from serving 27 students in 2012 to serving around 900 students in 2016/2017, with courses taught by 210 volunteers in 35 high schools across New York City. In 2017, Scripted has launched a pilot of its programs in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Challenges

Les Challenges

By the year 2020, one million technology jobs will go unfilled in the US
Less than 26% of the computing workforce is female
Less than 15% of the computing workforce is Black or Latino
Fewer than 10% of NYC public schools offer any form of computer science education

Key facts Éléments Clés

Age Range Âge ciblé 12 — 18 12 à 18 ans
Beneficiaries Bénéficiaires 1,400 1 400
Sectors Secteurs Education Education
Staff Personnel 21 21
Budget Budget $ 3,730,560 $ 3 730 560
Year established Lancement 2012 2012
(2017 data estimates) (Donnés;es estimées 2017)

Key Programs

Programmes principaux

Foundation Course

The Foundation Course is held twice a week at ScriptEd partner schools, where experienced software developers teach and mentor students on a voluntary basis. The curriculum aims to expose students to the fundamentals of coding and career skills for entry level tech jobs. ScriptEd’s program stands out for its capacity to deliver high quality computer science training to students for free via expert volunteers.

Advanced Course

After completing the Foundations Course, students can participate in an Advanced Course held once a week after school at a technology company. These courses give students the opportunity to further develop their technical skills and to work on more individualized projects while being fully immersed in the industry. Partners for the 2016-2017 school year included Google, Foursquare, Teachers Pay Teachers, IEX Group, and Uber.

Internship Program

The ScriptEd Internship Program exposes students to the technology industry, encourages the development of professional networks, and helps students gain the additional technical skills required for a career in the tech sector. In 2015/2016, 71% of the internship providers rated ScriptEd student’s as above average or excellent in their ability to work with colleagues. Over 45 companies such as Accenture, Estée Lauder, Adobe and others provided paid internship opportunities.

Hackathons

To further engage students in computer programming, twice a year ScriptEd holds a oneday hackathon event at the offices of top technology companies. On these days, students form small teams and compete to create webbased projects that fit a given theme. At the end of the day a jury of professionals from tech companies selects the five best projects and awards the winning team.

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