CODE SAVVY

Inspiring equitable computer science learning to transform the future for good

aka Code Savvy   |   St. Louis Park, MN   |  http://codesavvy.org/

Mission

Code Savvy is dedicated to ensuring that tomorrow's computer scientists will be representative of the diverse population who will use and benefit from their work. We provide students the guidance and inspiration in STEM that is lacking in standard K12 education today. We make kids and educators more code-savvy through creative educational programs and services. We incubate and support community-based programs that bring technology and know-how to local kids, while championing gender, ethnic, and economic diversity.

Ruling year info

2014

Executive Director

Valerie Lockhart

Main address

PO Box 16628

St. Louis Park, MN 55416 USA

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EIN

46-3760347

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

CoderDojo TC

Free, mentored coding environment for kids 8-16. Started April 2013 and has welcomed 1000+ young coders to explore web and app design, gaming, systems and electronics.

Population(s) Served
Students

Free mentored coding environment for girls and young women ages 8-16. Started February 2016 and has welcomed 130+ young girl coders to explore Scratch, App Inventor, Python, and Arduino.

Population(s) Served
Students

Young women ages 12-18 design and code mobile apps as they participate in this global coding and entrepreneurial challenge + the festive Appapalooza

Population(s) Served
Students
Women and girls

MNCodes School Partnerships and Training are designed to develop coding awareness, skills, and resources among K-12 and after-school educators through hands-on workshops, conferences, and mentoring.

Population(s) Served
Older adults
Ethnic and racial groups
Young adults

Partners with community sites in low opportunity neighborhoods to teach kids to code in after school programs

Population(s) Served
Students

Northfield CoderDojo is Minnesota's most rural chapter of CoderDojo, an international organization focused on giving young people a free, supportive, and open-ended environment for learning and advancing technology skills. We offer coders ages 6-17 a safe workshop space to be creators and not just consumers of technology.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

In this recent iteration of our strategic plan, we outline our intention of measuring our impact. We will do so with a particular focus on creating processes to ensure we are fulfilling our mission of increasing access to computer science for people in communities that have traditionally been left out of the field.

Do a better job of measuring our outcomes, getting feedback from the people we serve, and organizing our programs to better assist each other in delivery and impact.

We have the community support, both financial and people-power, to make sure our programs are able to continue to deliver excellent service and have a significant impact. We have also secured the technology to help us track our impact and outcomes in a way that will make reporting and storytelling easier and more meaningful.

We have completed our strategic planning, implemented new technology to help us track and measure, and have hired a new Executive Director and Program Director to ensure growth and scalability.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    People from communities that have traditionally been left out of technology.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We have begun to offer some additional education opportunities based on feedback from the community.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    It helps us make sure we are keeping on the mission and having a true impact on the communities we serve.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.),

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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CODE SAVVY

Board of directors
as of 04/26/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Paul Llamas

Entrust

Term: 2022 - 2024

Jean Weiss

Code Savvy

David Balcom

Cirtec Medical

Ellena Schoop

State of Minnesota, MN IT

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/26/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/26/2022

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Data
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.