Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you or the person who came up with your proposed solution to get started and/or to see the potential for it to succeed.
Liz Davidson and I have had the privilege of working with 100's of inspiring students from low-income communities. We saw our students accomplish amazing things. Some were the first in their families to go to college. Some overcame language barriers to become valedictorians of their classes. Others earned high grades despite job and family commitments. Our students told us they were going to be journalists, doctors, forensic scientists, lawyers, and teachers. None of them ever told us they were going to be computer scientists, web developers, or software engineers. In fact, most of our students never knew these tech-related careers even existed. ScriptEd was founded with the idea that we could change students lives by teaching them to code.
Impact: What is the impact of your solution to date? Also describe the projected future impact. (If your solution is an idea you can just describe projected future impact.)
Over the past school year, ScriptEd served 25 students in two schools in New York City. Our short-term goal is to serve 75 students by the fall of 2013. ScriptEd aims to expand to six cities and serve 6,300 students across a spectrum of courses by 2017. To do this, we plan to engage approximately 1,000 volunteers from the tech industry.
Full Impact Potential: How do you plan on spreading your solution moving forward? (Please consider spread within New York City or beyond, policy reform, how you might get others to replicate/adopt your solution or other mechanisms)
Both our low-overhead costs and our school-based model allow us to easily replicate our program to additional schools and cities. We chose our model intentionally so as to reach as many students as possible. We plan to expand our mission through grassroots organizing, media campaigns, and through ScriptEd's network of stakeholders.