Kick-Start CoderDojo for Indiana Kids!

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At the Mira Awards gala on April 23, you can double your donation with a $1 to $1 match and kickstart CoderDojos in 20 Indiana communities!

Together with the presenting sponsors of the Mira Awards and BidPal, TechPoint Foundation for Youth hopes to raise $60,000 at the Mira Awards gala on April 23, to introduce students throughout Indiana to the world of computer science.

Double your donation dollars at Mira!

If everyone at Mira gave $30, which will be matched by generous Mira sponsors making it a $60 gift, we would reach our fundraising goal. These dollars ensure low-income students in 20 Indiana communities have equal access to the technology needed to participate in interactive CoderDojo computer programming clubs.

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We are thrilled to be announcing the launch of CoderDojo Indiana at this year’s Mira Awards gala and we know it’s going to have a significant positive impact on Indiana’s future tech-skilled workforce. This rapid expansion will also position Indiana as the state leading the CoderDojo movement in the USA. You can read more about CoderDojo Indiana, and our partnership with Eleven Fifty Academy,  here.

Why donate to TechPoint Foundation for Youth?

Our goal at TechPoint Foundation for Youth is to fill the pipeline of STEM workers by inspiring K-12 students, especially those from underrepresented populations, to pursue the careers vital to our state’s economy. We do this by connecting these students to high-impact STEM programs like coding, robotics, math pentathlon, and more, led by STEM professionals.

In brief, we raise money from the community, then direct those dollars to awesome STEM programs that are proven to inspire and excite students to explore STEM careers. We know money alone is not enough, so we work with corporate partners to recruit their employees to serve in the roles of volunteers, coach, and mentors with those programs.

Help close the gap — 60% of goal reached.

To launch CoderDojos around the state we have to do two things: find volunteers to champion them, and fund the cost of the supplies and equipment needed to make sure all kids have equal access to participate in this free computer programming club for kids age 7-17.

This happens by making sure kids can “borrow” technology when they get to the Dojo. Through our partnership with Eleven Fifty Academy’s Cool Coding Awareness Week, we have secured $80,000 toward the June launch date of CoderDojo Indiana. The remaining fundraising goal is $60,000, which will allow us to put a case of laptops and Rasberry Pi’s (credit card-sized single board computers) in every Dojo in Indiana!

On April 23rd, we hope to close that fundraising gap, through a campaign from the Mira Awards gala stage. We will ask attendees to pick up their phone and “Text2Give” to CoderDojo Indiana.

THANK YOU BIDPAL!

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We have approached sponsors of the Mira Awards to help entice the audience to participate by offering up a $1:$1 match. With a goal of $60,000, we need $30,000 from Mira attendees, which is just $30 per person, to successfully end this campaign!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Courtney Perry is the CoderDojo Indiana Coordinator for TechPoint Foundation for Youth. She is passionate about helping Hoosier children discover STEM careers through educational community programs.