16 Jan
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Our Journey

September 16, 2018

We have come a long way in a year. One year ago this month Code Ladder was just an idea, we didn’t even have a name. Today, we are teaching classes at Abbott’s Creek Elementary, have classes scheduled with area Girl Scout and Brownie Troops, are about to get our Chromebooks, and are finally planning our outreach programs. It has taken a lot of work and help from lots of people to get to this point; now the real work begins. Our plan is to start our outreach program by November 1, 2018. There is a problem with our plan though. The classes are free. We still have expenses. We need to raise money. The search for grants, corporate sponsors, and individual donors is our top priority; because the hard reality is, without money we can’t achieve our mission. But we know we can do this, we know how important what we are doing is, and we won’t give up.  It’s only been a year, but we’ve already accomplished so much, and we are just beginning.

August 7, 2018

After a very long wait, we received our 501(c)(3) designation from the IRS.  Our crowing funding campaign through Chuffed and our donation buttons on the website are finally up and running!

A few more business things I am working on…Insurance, many places require that we have insurance if we want to teach a class on their property. Matching Corporate Donors, I am researching the best way to connect donors with corporate matching programs their employers may offer. Who to teach, I am contacting area groups to find the best way to reach students who need our classes the most.

I am very excited to start teaching at Brassfield but our main focus still is to provide free classes to underserved students, in order to do that, we need funding to buy our Chromebooks.  Want to help?  Visit https://chuffed.org/project/codeladder or click the donate now button on the top of your screen to help us level the technology learning playing field!

Thank you for your support,

Sara

January 18, 2018

With the new year comes some exciting changes for us!  The dream of Code Ladder is finally becoming a reality.  After quite a bit of initial leg work to get everything together, we are working on our application to the IRS for our 501(c)(3) designation.  Due to the nature of our mission, offering FREE coding classes to underserved students and low-cost classes to all others, we are going to be relying heavily on donations and grants.  Due to IRS regulations, we are not allowed to solicit funds until we submit our completed application and receive a letter from the IRS stating they have received our application.  So in the meantime, we are busy with start-up projects.  Web page development being one, we are trying to save some money and do it ourselves so bear with us if there are any kinks as we have never done this before!  To be honest, I am enjoying the challenge.   Also working on making connections in the community in hopes of extending our reach to more students.  And of course, the other usual business start-up projects like budgeting, insurance policies, brochure design, etc.  I will keep you updated on our progress and exciting developments as they happen.  Thank you for your support and belief that all students deserve the chance to learn to code and get a boost to reach their dreams.  Code Ladder.

Thank you for your support,

Sara

 

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