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CodeSquad is a non-profit organization that trains talented, low-income adults from Boston's urban core to become full-stack web developers and launch a new career. Our first coding bootcamp, MSIMBO, will be hosted by the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts and launches in April 2017. At this bootcamp, students will receive intensive training in web/mobile development and "soft skills" like effective communication and leadership. Graduates will be placed in internships in greater Boston. MSIMBO represents an exciting new career path for applicants, but also a valuable source of diverse and dependable talent for Boston businesses. There are an estimated 17,000 open computing jobs in Massachusetts - versus only about 1,600 Computer Science grads each year - leading to a huge talent gap for programmers. With the CodeSquad program, we hope to build skills, build businesses, and build a better community. The target audience for our website includes (1) prospective applicants to our program, (2) corporations that may hire our interns, (3) government and foundation funders, and (4) potential partners at schools and non-profit organizations. So our website needs to feel upbeat, welcoming and tech-friendly, but also serious enough to mean business.
Our website should advertise self-improvement through coding, and showcase top-notch programmers solving business problems. Design, colors and fonts should be upbeat, with the feel of a software startup. Designers will note that all 3 logos included here are red and black, so the design will have to work well with these logos. The site should emulate for-profit bootcamp websites (e.g. General Assembly, Launch Academy), with some adjustment because our audience is different. CodeSquad's target audience includes hard-working adults from the inner city, who are likely to be people of color and less affluent than applicants to for-profit coding bootcamps. Other good website models include non-profit groups like LaunchCode, Resilient Coders and Year Up. CodeSquad.org also needs to show our impact with easy-to-scan numbers (see LaunchCode and Year Up discussion below). The website should feature our existing logo and the photographs of students included with this brief. We also want to emphasize MSIMBO, the result of our first major partnership (with the Urban League). MSIMBO and ULEM each have their own logos, which are included here. This website should clearly be the CodeSquad website, but MSIMBO should be featured as our favorite project. ULEM should also be featured as the host of MSIMBO.
There are four major pages: What We Do, For Businesses, For Students, and Who We Are (or "About"). "What We Do" is the homepage, so it includes an overview of our process and impact (the existing "CodeSquad builds a pipeline of talent" graphic could go here, but that's not required). All site visitors will see the homepage, but the page should especially be targeted at potential funders and non-profit partners. They should be able to quickly understand our story and be impressed by our impact. The page should have strong visuals showing that through our program, talented but low-income adults are learning new skills and launching a new career. There should also be a a section on this page for "Our Partners" where we can insert the logos of organizations we work with. Right now these include the Urban League, JumboCode, and the Timothy Smith Network. Connected with the "Our Partners" section should be a special focus on the MSIMBO bootcamp, which is offered jointly by CodeSquad and the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts. "For Businesses" is aimed at corporate software managers who are considering hosting CodeSquad/MSIMBO graduates. This page should explain how corporations can get involved, and explain that our grads are talented, committed professionals who are ready to join the company's team. Our grads may have added appeal for companies who are looking to improve the diversity of their workforce and product development team. Visitors should be able to quickly scan the page and understand the various ways to get involved (their employees can volunteer to give a single talk to our students; return on a regular basis to help with teaching or pair-programming exercises; companies can host our grads for a "try before you buy" internship, without committing to hiring the student permanently; and employers can even add units to our curriculum depending on their commitment to working with us). "For Students" is focused on prospective applicants. This page should explain that Web programming represents a flexible and powerful way to improve your career. The page should emphasize that learning to code takes problem-solving skills and perseverance, but it doesn't have to be "hard." It does not require a college degree or brilliant math skills -- most developers are self-taught. And while a college degree is a major achievement and brings a wide variety of benefits, including greater employability and a quicker path to higher-paying jobs, skilled programmers can find lucrative work even before or during college. "Who We Are" is like an "About" page for the website, which lists our Executive Director and board members, and explains the logistics of our program. Namely, that we run a full-time bootcamp called MSIMBO (use logo), hosted by the Urban League (logo and link to www.ulem.org), launching in April 2017. Classes are 9am-4pm, Monday through Friday. A Google map of 88 Warren St, Roxbury MA might be useful here. Also there should be a prominent link to our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/CodeSquadOrg, and the MSIMBO page, www.facebook.com/MsimboCoding.
What to avoid
Our closest competitor is Resilient Coders, so our site should be visually distinct from their page. But this is not a major concern.
Here are some statistics that can be used to demonstrate our impact: - We have held 3 recruiting events so far, which we call Coding & Career Events. At these events, attendees tried programming in HTML and CSS, then heard from a panel about starting a career in software - 47 people attended these events, ages 17 to 49, with several people returning more than once - Our prospective students upend the typical demographics of Boston’s tech sector. All prospective applicants at our Coding & Career Events were people of color and 49% were women. - During the first event, we actually turned people away since our room was over capacity. - More than 15 engineers, web developers and academics in Computer Science have volunteered with CodeSquad, including employees of major Boston-area software companies. - All event participants who submitted anonymous feedback said they would recommend the event to a friend, while 71% said they would apply to our bootcamp.
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