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A 10-week summer project where teens from Chicago's Englewood neighborhood will learn how to build their own websites from scratch.
178 backers pledged $10,235 to help bring this project to life.

Milestones | Incentives | Demo Day (August 22)

Posted by Teamwork Englewood (Creator)

Dear Backers,

We've been hard at work executing our project, so it's been some time since our last update. Englewood Codes reached some major milestones this week, so we thought now would be a great time to let you know what we've been up to during this intense and exciting summer.

Our Teens

From more than 120 applicants we selected 25 teens to participate in Englewood Codes. Our 25 dynamic teens hail from every high school in the Greater Englewood community (*), as well as schools all across Chicago:

  • ACE Technical High School
  • Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences
  • Chicago Vocational and Career Academy
  • De La Salle Institute
  • Harper High School*
  • Hope College Prep*
  • Lindblom Math & Science Academy*
  • Noble - UIC College Prep
  • Noble - Johnson College Prep*
  • Perspectives TECH
  • Phillips Academy
  • Robeson High School*
  • Simeon Career Academy
  • South Shore College Prep
  • TEAM Englewood*
  • Urban Prep Academy*
  • Westinghouse High School

Why 25 (and not 30) teens? There are 24 computers in each lab at Kennedy-King College, our host. To maximize on-computer time for our participants we decided to right size our project to match the capacity of the computer labs. We brought in a 25th student from our waiting list after noticing two students work particularly well together as a pair.

Our Host

Kennedy-King College is generously hosting Englewood Codes this summer. Kennedy-King is conveniently located in the heart of Englewood, which means our teens arrive on time and ready to code. We appreciate the support Englewood Codes has received from City Colleges of Chicago and the staff at Kennedy-King College.

What We've Done So Far

Englewood Codes is organized around five youth-led teams. The instructors hold the five team leaders accountable for each team's individual and group deliverables.

We spent the first four weeks of Englewood Codes orienting teens and parents, building our learning community, and covering the basics of HTML and CSS.

During the fifth week of Englewood Codes, our teams competed to build a promotional website for the upcoming Englewood Arts Festival. This gave our young coders the opportunity to use HTML and CSS, with Twitter Bootstrap, to build a real product for a real client. The competition also provided our teens an opportunity to apply the new skills they've been learning to give back to their community.

On Monday July 29 the five teams presented their proposed sites to the Englewood Arts Festival coordinator. Our youth did some impressive work, but there could only be one winning team: The Phenomenal Women. We'll share their site with you once it goes live.

JavaScript... then on to Raspberry Pi

On Thursday August 1 we took our first dive into JavaScript. Our young coders are eager to make their websites more interactive. We'll spend all of next week on JavaScript, then we'll turn our attention to the Raspberry Pi.

Backer Incentives

We wouldn't have made it this far without your tremendous support. Here's an update on our backer incentives:

Englewood Codes Website
All of our project backers will be listed on the Englewood Codes website. We've decided to build the site as a group, and we anticipate going live by Demo Day. We'll be requesting logos from our organizational and business backers in short order.

Demo Day (August 22)
Save the date! Our Demo Day event is scheduled for August 22 at Kennedy-King College, located one block from the Halsted Red Line station. Look forward to an email invitation with more details.

Englewood Codes T-Shirt
For our backers expecting t-shirts, we've identified an Englewood-based screen printer and are finalizing the design. We'll send out a survey to capture your shirt sizes before we send the design to the printer.

Give a Pi, Get a Pi
For our backers eagerly anticipating the arrival of their brand new Raspberry Pi, your wait is almost over. You'll be able to pickup your Raspberry Pi at our Demo Day event. If you can't make it, just let us know and we'll ship it to you.

Thank You!

Again, a big "thank you" to all of our project backers. This has been an incredible summer for our youth. Although Englewood Codes has endured and overcome its fair share of challenges, executing on this project has been a complete joy.

At Teamwork Englewood, we truly believe the best way for Chicago to stay competitive in the new economy is to build a broad base of tech talent throughout the entire city. It's great to know we have projects backers and supporters who believe in this effort.

Because of you, Englewood Codes!

- Teamwork Englewood


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    1. Turner Hunt on

      This is great - actually seeing tangible results and viewing the impact our Kickstarter contribution is making - keep up the great work with the next future class of programming wizards