Coming off of last year’s successful ChoreMonster Beard-a-Thon, where we raised more than $2,000 for Child’s Play, a game industry charity dedicated to improving the lives of children with toys and games in hospitals worldwide, we wanted to do something again this holiday season.
The Cause: We’re raising money for our friends at Codestarter, a non-profit that gets laptops in the hands of kids waiting to enroll in programming classes who can’t otherwise afford their own computer. Every $250 that we raise will go directly to buying a laptop for a child. And for every dollar donated by you, ChoreMonster will match. What we especially love about Codestarter is that 100% of the donation goes right to purchasing laptops.
Why this project is important:
- Diversity: African Americans, Hispanics, and women are vastly underrepresented in computer science professions. A more diverse population of coders will tackle a wider variety of problems and bring different perspectives to current ones.
- Education: By university, many students have already set their minds against a career in tech. We need to reach kids earlier, when they are motivated by curiosity instead of social pressures.
- Careers: Jobs in software development are expected to increase 22.8% by 2022. Planning for a future in technology will keep doors open for kids, their families, and their communities.
- It starts at home: Kids in underserved communities often don’t have access to computers and are less likely to take advantage of existing coding programs.
Kids receive a custom Acer Chromebook, pre-loaded with all of the things they need to effectively learn to code.