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The LaunchCode Foundation

aka LaunchCode   |   Saint Louis, MO   |  www.launchcode.org

Mission

LaunchCode is building a skilled workforce by creating pathways for driven people seeking careers in technology. We provide people with economic opportunity and upwardly mobile careers through equitable access to free tech training and paid tech apprenticeships. LaunchCode knows that while talent is evenly distributed, opportunity is not. We identify talented, driven individuals who lack the traditional credentials for a job in technology and offer mentorship and education programs to prepare them for full-time employment. We then place graduates into paid apprenticeships with a broad range of employers. Once placed with an employer partner, over 85% of apprentices convert to full-time employment following on-the-job learning.

Ruling year info

2014

Executive Director

Julian Nicks

Main address

4811 Delmar Boulevard

Saint Louis, MO 63108 USA

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EIN

47-1718432

NTEE code info

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

At LaunchCode, we know that while talent is evenly distributed, opportunity is not. Our mission is to build a skilled workforce by creating pathways for driven people seeking careers in technology. We focus on providing education and employment programs that help level the playing field, not just to expand access, but to create equitable access. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics there will be more than 1.2 million open jobs in Information Technology by 2024 and analysts estimate that at least half a million open IT positions go unfilled in the U.S. during any given calendar quarter. Meanwhile, access to tech careers is extremely limited, restricted to those with a four-year degree in Computer Science, or another degree, plus completion of an expensive coding boot camp. Traditional degrees remain too time-consuming and costly for many, technical schools lag behind industry trends, and free online self-study programs offer no peer or mentor support.

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?

LaunchCode's Part-Time Web Dev

Tuition-Free Tech Training and Career Development

Part-Time WebDev is LaunchCode's most popular curriculum designed to teach people web development and practical tech skills at an accelerated pace and in a supportive environment.
accelerated pace and in a supportive environment.

Over the course of three units in 30-weeks, students learn foundational programming concepts, front-end programing in JavaScript, and object-oriented programming in Java, and build a project to show off their skills.

Graduates of this course will understanding of Java-based code, problem solving, and career
ready skills. A common career track for these skills includes software development, which works with data management, reporting, business workflows, and web development.

Learn more and apply at LaunchCode.org/webdev

Population(s) Served
Adults

Free Training & Career Development for Marginalized Genders in Tech.

LaunchCode Women+ is an education program designed to engage and educate women, trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming individuals in the local technology community.

Participants enroll in either a 24- or 45-week specialized skill track meeting once-weekly in a 3-hour evening class. Classes are designed to equip LaunchCoders with technical and career-readiness skills
leading to our free apprenticeship job program.

Skill tracks include Data Analysis, Salesforce, SQL Server, Product, Java Web Development, C#/.NET Web Development. Please review details for upcoming cohorts under registration at launchcode.org/women-plus.

Population(s) Served
Transgender people
Women

Full-Time Web Dev is designed to teach people practical tech skills at an accelerated pace and in a supportive environment.

Over the course of three units in 30-weeks, students learn foundational programming concepts, front-end programing in JavaScript, and object-oriented programming in Java, and build a project to show off their skills.

Graduates of this course will understanding of Java-based code, problem solving, and career ready skills. A common career track for these skills includes software development, which works with data management, reporting, business workflows, and web development.

Learn more at LaunchCode.org/webdev

Population(s) Served
Adults

At LaunchCode, we develop talent a little differently than the tired industry standard. By ditching the outdated model, we make ways for fresh perspectives that transform your tech team.

Our Talent Approach:
- Foundational technical skills, passion, drive and aptitude matter most, not credentials.
- While talent is distributed, opportunity is not removing barriers and opening doors unlock a larger, more resilient, and more diverse talent pool.
- Diverse teams perform better, they attract and retain more talent, are more innovative, have higher change power, and produce better products and services to customers.
- Creating a quality, diverse team requires a holistic review and change to traditional tech talent strategy.
- Successfully delivering strong talent strategies requires non-traditional strategic collaborative partnerships and buy-in across people and technology leaders

Our free tech education and contract-to-hire apprenticeship model is generating a new pool of talent.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of unique individuals LaunchCode directly placed in a tech career.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

LaunchCode places people in tech careers in order to close the tech-talent gap while providing pathways for aspiring technologists from all walks of life.

Number of individuals enrolled in LaunchCode's comprehensive computer programming training.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

*In addition to LaunchCode courses, in 2016 other learners enrolled in Harvard's open-source introductory CS50x via LaunchCode. Those numbers not reflected here

% female or non-binary enrollment in LaunchCode comprehensive computer programming training.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Women

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

LaunchCode is dedicated to providing a space for women of all skill levels to learn to code in a supportive community of like-minded individuals.

% people of color participating in comprehensive computer programming training.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

LaunchCode knows that while talent is evenly distributed, opportunity is not. Our no-charge programs are designed to level the playing field for those traditionally excluded from tech careers.

% individuals self-identifying as earning $30k/yr or less enrolled in LaunchCode comprehensive computer programming training.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

LaunchCode strives to provide pathways for individuals to launch their careers in tech. Program participants typically double their salaries after completing our comprehensive tech training.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Entrepreneur Jim McKelvey founded LaunchCode in St. Louis in 2013 to address two problems: Individuals’ lack of equitable access to tech career opportunities and the critical talent shortage faced by companies hoping to grow local economies. When co-founding the company Square, McKelvey wanted to open a development shop in his hometown of St. Louis but encountered first-hand this frustrating barrier to growth; the shortage of software engineers in St. Louis resulted in Square’s payment platform being built in Silicon Valley.

LaunchCode provides no-charge comprehensive computer programming training through part-time classes including LC101, CoderGirl (a program serving women working to enter the tech field), CodeCamp and LiftOff (a workplace skills course), and places people into paid technical apprenticeships with leading-edge employers - from startups to Fortune 500 corporations. For people who need the fundamentals before jumping into programming, we provide self-paced introductory training.

LaunchCode knows that access to education levels the playing field for everyone with passion, drive and aptitude, builds the community's vital tech workforce, and launches those without traditional credentials into tech careers with family-supporting wages. Win-win-win.

Since LaunchCode was founded in 2013, we have helped launch over 2,475 tech careers nationwide. Operations occur in markets across the country based on employer demand for talent, with a satellite office in Kansas City.

LaunchCode provides a continuum of free computer programming training which builds in-demand tech skills and places tech apprentices with local employers seeking tech talent.

Tech Training Courses - LaunchCode’s LC101 and CoderGirl training courses take candidates from no previous coding experience to proficiency in the skills needed to land their first programming job.

LC101 is a 20-week part-time class delivered to 100-150 students in three units: Fundamentals of Code, Web Applications and Specialized Skills. LC101 uses a flipped classroom model, in which students watch video lectures and start assignments outside of class, then use class time to review concepts and work in groups. This program’s curriculum has verbiage which is accessible to audiences of all backgrounds and lessons focused on attaining skills identified by local employers. In these classes, our students focus on in-demand skills to build their first coding projects.

CoderGirl is a LaunchCode education program designed to engage and educate women in technology and get them ready to land their dream jobs in tech. The 24-week or 45-week specialized tracks equip CoderGirls with technical and job-readiness skills. CoderGirl provides a space for women of all skill levels to network, learn, and create in an open, collaborative learning environment. This program is delivered by professional mentors from companies such as Climate Corporation, Asynchrony, and World Wide Technologies.

Employment Prep Course: Liftoff - Interview readiness and on-the-job skills are just as important as technical capabilities. Companies hiring tech talent need to know that our candidates will be able to jump right in, mesh well with their team and work within their established processes. LaunchCode's 8-week Liftoff series of workshops, group projects and individualized coaching teaches 60-80 candidates per cohort the crucial, professional soft skills needed to land the job and succeed in permanent tech careers.

Apprenticeship Program - Our innovative Apprenticeship Program places LaunchCode candidates into junior developer apprenticeships that lead to permanent, well-paid tech careers. These paid apprenticeships continue for 90 - 120 days, providing valuable experience and on-the-job training for the developer. Over 4 out of 5 apprenticeships convert to full-time employment following the learning period; LaunchCode gains earned revenue from successful apprenticeship placements. LaunchCode currently maintains partnerships with over 800 active company partners nationwide, from small startups to Fortune 50 businesses, all of whom work in tandem with our Company Relations Team to participate in our Apprenticeship Program.

Since 2013, LaunchCode has educated more than 5,000 individuals, helping them find employment, switch careers, move into a new role at the same company, develop skills to help with personal projects, etc.

The impact of our innovative training model has been recognized on both a local and national scale. In 2015, LaunchCode was awarded the BMO Harris Bank St. Louis Award at the Regional Chamber’s Arcus Awards. In September 2016, LaunchCode’s work was honored with a visit from Vice President Joe Biden. In October 2017, LaunchCode was awarded the $150,000 Grand Prize in the MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge run by the Initiative for a Digital Economy. In January 2018, LaunchCode was selected as a finalist for the Impact KC Awards. And in March 2018, LaunchCode was honored with the Award for Achievement in Inclusion & Talent Attraction at the Regional Chamber’s Arcus Awards.

Not only have our programs helped diversify and grow the pipeline of talent entering the tech career field, but companies continually return to LaunchCode for their tech talent needs.

LaunchCode’s Education Team continually evaluates and modifies our curriculum to ensure that the tech skills being taught are in line with best practices and the needs of employers in the area. Additionally, we continue to make additions to our current programs in order to ensure that LaunchCode’s tech education and apprenticeships are accessible to individuals of all backgrounds and experiences.

LaunchCode is led by a Board of Directors which guides the future direction of our programming, strategic organizational growth and staff leadership initiatives. Chaired by LaunchCode founder, Jim McKelvey, the Board of Directors is comprised of eleven innovative business leaders and meets each business quarter to evaluate current programs/outcomes and look forward to new initiatives. This Board of Directors collaborates closely with LaunchCode’s leadership team to ensure that crucial strategic initiatives are implemented in LaunchCode’s daily work.

LaunchCode has 49 full-time staff members and 3 part-time staff members. Currently, 54% of our staff members identify as female and 31% identify as people of color.

LaunchCode also partners with part-time contracted professionals to deliver educational programs. Each cohort has one contracted lead instructor and 8-12 contracted teaching assistants (based upon class size). Per year, LaunchCode contracts with 160-175 people who are managed by the Impact Team on our full-time staff. Our contracted lead instructors and teaching assistants offer crucial insight and networking opportunities to students; instructors are experienced computer development professionals and assistants are typically former LaunchCode students working in the industry.

Since LaunchCode was founded in 2013, as of June 9, 2020 we have helped launch 2,475+ tech careers nationwide, 1,647 placements directly into our Apprenticeship Program, and 651 as a result of students taking the skills they've gained through our educational programming and finding careers on their own.

Currently, LaunchCode is placing 350+ candidates a year into tech jobs.

Financials

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The LaunchCode Foundation

Board of directors
as of 02/20/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jim McKelvey

Square / Invisibly

Michael Gallagher

World Wide Technology

Everett Johnson

Edward Jones

Sarah Mayer

Retired, Boeing

Timothy McFadden

FisherBroyles, LLP

Jim McKelvey

Square

Alison Ferring

Community Volunteer

Mark Brooks

RGA

Dan Gillian

Boeing

Cyeria Jackson

Amazon

Joe Calia

Mastercard

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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 ? Yes
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/20/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/25/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • 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.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.