Citizen Schools

New York, NY

Amount granted: $20,000

Grant year: 2017

Grant category: Education


To support the pilot year of the 8th Grade Coding Academy.

Citizen Schools was founded in Boston in 1995 to help close the achievement and opportunity gap between children growing up in poverty and children from middle class households.  Specifically, to address the increasing gap in science and technology instruction, the capstone for 8th graders includes a new “coding academy” where students are matched with real world mentors in the technology sector who work with them throughout the year on a project that integrates several different coding techniques (HTML, CSS, and JavaScript) with career exposure and mentorship.  The students and mentors will work on creating a website, and the program will involve in class instruction as well as partnerships with volunteers from Google.