Ladies Learning Code is a Toronto-based not-for-profit organization that runs popular workshops and other events for women (and men) who want to learn computer programming and other technical skills in a social and collaborative way.
Hi! We're Heather, Breanna, Laura, and Melissa. Along with countless volunteers and supporters, we've introduced over 1700 women (and men) to computer programming and other skills in the past year.
In Year 2, we want to have even more impact, and we have three main goals:
1) Acquire permanent space in Toronto so that we can have unlimited access to a classroom, which will allow us to offer a greater quantity of smaller, more specialized workshops.
2) Expand our Girls Learning Code program to include more workshops and other events.
3) Establish Ladies Learning Code chapters in cities outside of Toronto. (Interested in leading a chapter? Click here.)
Why a fundraising campaign?
In line with the first and second parts of our plans for Year 2, we're excited to announce that we have a new home! After spending a year as nomads (and just renting space by the hour), we've finally taken the leap and acquired 1100+ square feet at The Centre for Social Innovation (720 Bathurst Street). But this isn't office space. We're creating a community resource, complete with the following:
- A 50-person classroom
- A computer lab/boardroom (perfect for breakout sessions or small group tutoring)
- A mini-makerspace with a 3D printer, adruinos and other hardware components
(The space will also give us a home for the 12 laptops that were recently donated to us. These laptops - and a place to put them - are a key part of our plans to expand the reach of Girls Learning Code beyond March Break and summer camps. Now that we have laptops and a space, we can run workshops and events for up to 24 girls at a time!)
We can cover the lease and operating costs of the space, but furniture poses a problem! Furnishing a 50-person classroom isn't cheap. Neither are the renovations we had to complete in order to make the space suitable for our needs.
What the $10K will be used for:
$2500 - to cover the cost of renovations in the space
$4500 - chairs and tables for the classroom and computer lab/boardroom
$1800 - a Makerbot for the mini-makerspace
$1200 - other furniture and fixtures
What's in it for you?
We spent hours dreaming up cool perks that we thought would make a donation feel less like a donation and more like a win for everyone involved.
For example, we have 210 tickets available for our biggest and best party yet - it's happening on September 19th and we really hope you can come. Tickets are $25 and include a free drink ticket. And we promise free appetizers, cheap drinks and lots of fun stuff like a DJ and dance floor, oldschool Nintendo, iPad caricatures, and lots more. It's going to be a lot of fun, and we hope you can make it!
Take a look at all of the perks to the right, and please contact us if you have any questions at all. You can email us anytime at info [at] ladieslearningcode.com.
Heather Payne | @heatherpayne
Founder, Ladies Learning Code
Melissa Crnic | @melissacrnic
Operations, Ladies Learning Code
Laura Plant | @lauralynplant
Developer Outreach, Ladies Learning Code
Breanna Hughes | @unbrelievable
Content, Ladies Learning Code
Carly Chalmers | @carlyjchalmers
Intern, Ladies Learning Code
Other Ways You Can Help:
Help us spread the word about our campaign! Here's a sample tweet:
"#ladieslearningcode is raising $10K to finish and furnish their new 1100+ sqft space at @csiTO. Party tickets are $25: http://indiegogo.com/ladieslearningcode"
"Help #ladieslearningcode have even more impact in Year 2. You can help by coming to their party on Sept.19th for $25: http://indiegogo.com/ladieslearningcode"
We have lots of workshops coming up, so if you're interested in seeing what we're all about, check out our Events page!
You may also want to join our mailing list so that you hear about all of our upcoming workshops and events. Click here to do that.
Oh, and if you have some tech skills and would be interested in volunteering at one of our workshops as an Instructor or Mentor, join our 'tech help' mailing list here.