Our Impact

Diversity in computer science requires diverse approaches to computer science education.

That’s why we’re pushing the boundaries to ensure all students
- regardless of background or geographic location - are empowered by coding.

With over 40,000 hours of coding instruction, we’re reaching students around the globe - from Sri Lanka to Wayzata, Minnesota - in our quest to make computer science education accessible and empowering for all students, regardless of their background or geographic location.

We’re reaching underrepresented students

78% of codeConnects students are from groups underrepresented in the field of computer science

  • 43% female
  • 34% minorities
  • 33% rural communities
  • 12% students with learning disabilities

Developing the Next Generation of Coders

By offering our program online, every student can have access to coding education. However, even where coding instruction is available, it idoesn’t mean the education is effective. Our one-on-one lessons ensure coding is not only accessible but also empowering and supportive. We enable students to go at their own pace, delve into subjects they’re interested in, and forge meaningful relationships with their mentors.

  • 100%

    of our students found their 1-on-1 lessons more effective than all prior coding experiences.
  • 94%

    of our students want to continue to learn coding.
  • 87%

    of our students complete the equivalent of 1-2 years of college-level coding courses.
    * This refers to students who have participated in a full year of lessons

Long-Term Impact

Increasing diversity in the field of CS

Currently, 82% of computer science graduates are men. Around 62% of CS majors are white, 10% are Black, and 12% are Hispanic. At codeConnects, we focus on offering coding opportunities to underrepresented middle and high school students – including females, minorities, students with learning disabilities, those from rural communities, and from low SES backgrounds. Yet we go further than simply providing CS access to these students. First, we match students with instructors from similar backgrounds. Research suggests mentors with shared ethnicities and gender increases students’ commitment to CS careers. Second, our mentorship one-on-one programming ensures students – who may not feel comfortable in a traditional educational setting – are empowered with increased confidence and skills through their coding education, which is supported by prior studies.

Increasing the number of coders

There are 13 open STEM jobs for every available STEM worker. By 2020, 1 million programming jobs will go unfilled. Compared to the market average, jobs that require programming skills are growing 12% faster. Through codeConnects, we aim to increase the supply of qualified computer scientists. First, we begin educating students early on with real programming skills. Studies show early exposure to CS increases the odds of majoring in computer science in college. Second, we offer long-term and personalized support to aid students in the development of real, usable coding skills. Third, we increase access to coding education to places never before reached. Fourth, we provide education for students in a range of fields they can use their CS skills in, such as healthcare, financial services, and security.

Increasing prosperity in disadvantaged communities

By working with students in disadvantaged communities, our goal is that these students will reinvest their tech-focused skills into their community, whether this is through starting their own company or bringing much needed tech talent to these areas.

Increasing innovation & economic growth

A more diverse workforce in the field of technology could increase revenues by $400 billion per year. A one-percentage point increase in diversity leads to a three-point increase in revenue. Moreover, diversity increases creativity and innovation in product development. The more underrepresented students we teach, the more diverse, inclusive, and innovative the tech field will be.