Please Consider Volunteering For ScriptEd This Coming School Year
ScriptEd is a non-profit organization that equips students in under-resourced schools in NYC with the fundamental coding skills and professional experiences that together create access to careers in technology. It brings its tuition free program directly to schools, where classes are taught by software developers on a volunteer basis. Classroom volunteers commit to teach for the entire school year (late September through late May) two times a week. Each volunteer is part of a four-person team, and is supported by ScriptEd’s staff members.
As the end of summer approaches, ScriptEd is gearing up for the 2016-2017 school year. The organization is looking for software developers in NYC to help to serve 900 students in 37 under-resourced high schools.
Volunteering with ScriptEd is a great way to meet like-minded people while increasing inclusionary access to the tech work force in NYC.
If this is interesting to you, you can apply to volunteer at this link: bit.ly/ScriptEdVolunteer.
A ScriptEd staff member will reach out and schedule a time to discuss the volunteer commitment further once an application is submitted.
Last year I commented on a similar post about the amazing job Maurya, Becca, and the whole ScriptEd team do. Amazing organization. So I’m doing that again today here. ScriptEd, you are the best! Thank you for everything you do for our kids.And if you’re reading this and work in the technology industry here in NYC you absolutely should volunteer for ScriptEd or another of the great CS volunteer opportunities (e.g., TEALS). You’ll feel great doing it and make a difference. The kids are counting on you. That school you walk by every day on the way to work? Help out and teach CS.
Scripted along with TEALS (https://www.tealsk12.org) are programs well worth supporting as both are important stopgaps until we can start producing full time in class computer science teachers.I’ve been told that TEALS has particular difficulty in finding volunteers to work in the schools on the fringes (geographically, but that frequently also means socioeconomically). I’d imagine that ScriptEd has similar difficulties.When checking both out, volunteers should be aware of a big difference between the two (at least unless things have changed recently).ScriptEd volunteers are basically the teachers while in the class while TEALS volunteers team teach with the regular classroom teacher.One model or the other might speak more to any given volunteer.
It seems like TEALS  is available everywhere but scripted is only NYC?  And supported by Microsoft. And the home page isn’t even super clear about that. (Especially because the team page refers to a member in the bay area)
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As the end of summer approaches…