All Star Code prepares young Black and Latino men for tech careers by providing mentorship, industry exposure, and training in Computer Science. Our flagship program, the Summer Intensive (SI), is a FREE six week program designed to give high school boys the access and exposure they need to become successful tech entrepreneurs. Through real-world experiences at top tech companies, and hands-on, project-based learning, All Stars finish the program with both coding skills and an entrepreneurial mindset.
Select students may be eligible to get paid for participation in the Summer Intensive through Ladders for Leaders. The program is an initiative of the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) and supported by the NYC Center for Youth Employment and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. See FAQ for more details.
Part 1 of our application will ask you some questions about yourself, and a few logic questions. After we review your Part 1, we may invite you to complete Part 2, which consists of a few short answer prompts. Application closes March 6th, 2017.
Q: When is the Summer Intensive?
A: The 2017 Summer Intensive will take place weekdays from July 10th through August 18th, 9 am to 4 pm, with optional office hours from 4 pm to 5 pm on select days.
Q: Where does the Summer Intensive take place?
A: All Stars are placed in a cohort of 20 boys at a real tech company in Manhattan. This year we are happy to announce that All Star Code will also serve the students of Pittsburgh, and will partner with a tech company there to host our first cohort outside of NYC. Our past host sites include Microsoft, Google, and Goldman Sachs. You’ll also get to venture outside of the office, with site visits to other companies, guest speakers, and fun team-building activities with other cohorts of All Stars.
Q: Is it really free?
A: Yes. It’s totally free, including transportation and meals during the program. Some students will even qualify for a free Metrocard (or ConnectCard for Pittsburgh participants) for travel to and from the program! Details for this program will be shared after acceptance.
Q: Can I get paid to participate in the Summer Intensive?
A: Yes! All Star Code is excited to continue our partnership with Ladders for Leaders, providing our students with an opportunity to get paid for attending our program during the summer. Ladders for Leaders (L4L) is a nationally recognized program that offers high school and college students the opportunity to participate in paid professional summer internships with leading corporations, non-profit organizations and government agencies in New York City. To be eligible for L4L, you must be at least 16 years of age, a resident of one of the five burroughs of New York, have prior work/volunteer experience, and hold a GPA of at least 3.0. To apply, visit the L4L website and complete their application here. They have extended their deadline to March 17th. In your application for L4L, tell the organization why you want to attend All Star Code's 2017 Summer Intensive.
Q: Is there a GPA requirement?
A: No. Our All Stars shine in all sorts of ways, and grades are just one way to shine. Overall our All Stars have a B average, with a range from C to A+.
Q: What programming languages are taught?
Q: I already know how to code. Am I eligible?
A: Definitely. You will probably love the Summer Intensive even more if you have this kind of head start. You can talk to our Student Services Coordinator, Cyril Kuhns, if you have questions about specific skills.
Q: I'm not a rising sophomore yet, but I'm really interested in coding. Can I join the Summer Intensive?
A: Our program is specifically designed for rising juniors and seniors in high school. We’d love to see you at non-SI events throughout the year and welcome your application when you are old enough!
Q: When will I know if I was accepted into the program?
A: Once the application closes in March, there will be a selection period. All students who are accepted into the program will receive notifications on the same date in late March/early April.
Q: Will there be a waiting list?
A: Absolutely. Many students will qualify for the program but will not be selected in the first round. They will receive notification of the opportunity to join a waiting list, and will be invited to join as spots become available.
Q: You say that preference is given to Black and Latino students. I'm not Black or Latino; does that mean I'm not eligible?
A: Less than 1% of VC-backed startups has a Black or Latino founder on the team, and our programming is designed to inspire All Stars to change that. We want to give priority to the students most directly affected by this stark opportunity gap, who in this case, self-identify as Black and/or Latino. We have always welcomed students of other identities in our program, so we encourage you to apply, but priority will be given to qualified Black and/or Latino students.