What We Do

Design & Development

The CODE FOR LIFE design team developed the Creator & Maker Cross Training curriculum, which not only equips young people with mobile, web, and hardware development skills, but also exposes them to the creative process, collaboration, and design and development. In addition, sixth through twelfth graders receive the coding and technology skills they’ll need to participate in our technology-driven economy.

CODE FOR LIFE features the following:

  1. A life code coaching program that’s attractive to kids
  2. The Creator & Maker Cross Training technology and coding curriculum, which consists of five (5) different four-week training intensives
  3. Certification in various code languages and their application
  4. Trained staff who deliver the program
  5. Eight churches who will serve as venues for the program
  6. A funding model to support delivering and growing the program
  7. An important partnership with Nyack College that utilizes its many resources (space, faculty, students, and financial management)

Pilot Development and Launch

Since June of 2017, Praxis Connections began a partnership with Nyack College and churches in four neighborhoods (Bedford-Stuyvesant, East Flatbush, Harlem, and the South Bronx) to develop and launch two of CODE FOR LIFE’S Creator & Maker Cross Training programs—Web Development and Hardware. The development stage will include the following: site selection, curriculum development, instructor recruitment, and partnership cultivation. The pilot phase will include two four-week sessions with classes beginning in October at each of the Code for Life sites and serve a total of 160 students. Praxis Connections will track outcomes and make any necessary improvements before implementation of the full program. The pilot program will also measure the increase in participants’ skill levels, their engagement, instructor effectiveness, and the utility of both online and on-site instruction. A comparison of the pilot program across multiple sites will provide an in-depth assessment of the program’s effectiveness.

Program Expansion

Beginning in January of 2018, and building upon knowledge gained during the pilot program, CODE FOR LIFE will launch the Creator & Maker Cross Training courses at four more church locations. At this stage, each of the four-week Creator & Maker courses in web, mobile, and hardware development will be offered at six locations (two in Brooklyn, two in Harlem, and two in the South Bronx). Through these courses, CODE FOR LIFE will equip young people with the life and technology skills they will need to thrive in our digital and data-driven economy. By the end of summer 2018, we project that forty-eight students will have completed all five of the Creator & Maker Cross Training Intensives and received their accreditation. Additionally, we anticipate having 346 active participants by the fall of 2018.

Become a Creator & Maker of Technology!

Join the Creator & Maker Tech
Cross Training Program to develop

> Web: HTML, CSS, and Javascript
Locations: Clarendon Road & TBD

> Hardware: Python, Java, Arduino, C, C++, IDE.
Locations: TBD in Harlem (Robotics) & TBD in the South Bronx (Drones)

> Mobile: Swift, Kotlin, C, C+, Java. App & Games Development
Locations: Sites TBD

> Life Skills: Collaboration & Team Building, Design & Idea Development, Project Planning, Marketing, and Presentation of Ideas, Giving and Receiving Feedback

> Web: HTML, CSS, and Javascript
Locations: Clarendon Road & TBD

> Hardware: Python, Java, Arduino, C, C++, IDE.
Locations: TBD in Harlem (Robotics) & TBD in the South Bronx (Drones)

> Mobile: Swift, Kotlin, C, C+, Java. App & Games Development
Locations: Sites TBD

> Life Skills: Collaboration & Team Building, Design & Idea Development, Project Planning, Marketing, and Presentation of Ideas, Giving and Receiving Feedback

Starting in Fall 2017!

Five 4-Week Creator & Maker Training Sessions for Students in Grades 6-8

Applications Available In September!

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