CoderDojo Toronto

CoderDojo is a global movement about providing free and open learning to youth, with an emphasis on computer programming. The Toronto chapter was founded to bring this movement to the GTA, inspire other chapters, and partner with other organizations to better introduce kids to coding.

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A previous post on this blog (The “Make-It-Fun Community Web-Dev Thinkubator”) outlines my goals for giving back to the code community. After doing some research I found CoderDojo, and through them a link to the year old and abandoned Twitter account @coderdojoto. After contacting my soon to be co-founder, we assembled a small team, and like it was no big deal we had our first session 6 months later.

As of 2014 we have secured a venue sponsorship with Bitmaker Labs, and a title sponsorship with FinanceIt, allowing us to focus on providing great coding programs to kids of all backgrounds and abilities. As one of 2 directors, this labour of love has proven to be a great experience for so many reasons.

 

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