Application for the 2020 Summer Intensive
All Star Code

Our Vision
All Star Code envisions a country where all young men of color have the access to the tools of success, where the ability to thrive is available to all who are willing to dare greatly.

Our Mission
All Star Code creates economic opportunity by developing a new generation of boys and young men of color with an entrepreneurial mindset who have the tools they need to succeed in a technological world.

Summer Intensive

The Summer Intensive is All Star Code's flagship program, a six-week coding experience featuring both technical web development skills as well as soft skills.

Using our three pillars: Dare Greatly, Celebrate Failure, and Tell Your Story, we give young men the skills, networks, and mindsets they need to succeed through technology.

The Summer Intensive is a FREE 6-week crash course in coding! Food, transportation, and a laptop are provided for every student of the program.




Program Hours




Must be able to attend the entire program (July 6-August 14 Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)

No coding experience necessary to apply

Identify as Male

Current High School Sophomores and Juniors

Able to commute up to 1 hour to either NYC, Jersey City, or Pittsburgh daily during Summer 2020

Boys and Young Men of Color


Cole Mattox


The ASC experience is unparalleled --- Our instructors were great teachers, I made friends in my cohort for life meeting students who have a special drive to succeed --- and I drew my inspiration from the African American executives who took me under their wing with pride. They gave me strength. They inspired me to want to learn more and do more. They have changed my life.

Kwaku Boafoh Agyeman


We are very proud of the work you are doing with and for our kids. As a young man, Kojo (ASC 5) acknowledges how much he has grown up as a person in the last few weeks spending time with you! I've garnered that info from him and from his conversations with his friends. The kid appears to be on a different level! This summer has been awesome.

Celeste Bell

Vice President, Talent Acquisition at Publicis Media

VP of Talent Acquisition, at Publicis Media

There's so many wonderful things I can say about the program because I’m able to see it myself. A lot of times, when you give to an organization you don't get to actually see the benefits. But when you get to see it yourself, it just makes a difference. It makes you think 'We have to continue. I want to see this grow. I want to see it in every state in the country. Every city should have a program like this, because it’s so important.
all star outcomes

The Summer Intensive curriculum is project based. Projects typically feature some constraints within which students are free to explore the topic and end with a deliverable product.

The program concludes on Demo Day, where students present their final works to an audience of parents, donors, program partners, and media. Below are a few examples of Demo Day Projects from our previous Summer Intensive students.


Fawzy / Mark / Darius / Adonis - ASC6

Amity is a platform that serves to connect potential donors with local charities, causes, and non-profits. Amity was created to make it more convenient for users to locate and match with a donation center or type of donation that best fits their cause.


Jerermy / Joshua - ASC5

Budding musicians need advice and insight, but many professionals may not have the the time to answer questions. EnlightenMusic is a web app dedicated to helping musicians build ideas off of each other to improve their craft as well as their music!

I Can Too!

Alex / Miles B. / Miles S. - ASC5

I Can Too! (ICT) is an organization dedicated to aiding educational programs help reach minority and marginalized students by creating a database where companies can post their information. ICT was created in 2018 with the purpose of helping create an edge for minority students in job industries that are in high demand.


Applications close at 11:59PM on April 1st

When is the Summer Intensive?

The 2020 Summer Intensive will take place Mon-Fri from July 6th through August 14th, 9am to 5pm.

Additionally, Aug. 13th is Demo Day, where students present their final projects. This is the only day that ends later at 8:30pm.

Applicants must be able to commit to the entire program.

Where does the Summer Intensive take place?

Students are placed in a class of 20 students at locations across New York City or Pittsburgh. These host sites are provided by our program partners and have included Google, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Medidata, Major League Baseball, Carnegie Mellon University, and many others. All Star Code Headquarters will NOT serve as a host!

Students will report to their host site everyday for the entire 6 weeks. Students will also travel to other companies for educational tours on a weekly basis.

Where does All Star Code get its funding?

All Star Code is a non-profit organization that gets its funding from corporations, foundations, and individual donors who, like us, envision a country where all young men of color have access to the tools of success, where the ability to thrive is available to all who are willing to dare greatly.

Why should I apply to the Summer Intensive?

The Summer Intensive is a once in a lifetime experience. Outcomes of the program include:

  • A technical education in building practical web applications
  • Soft Skill education in networking, resume building, presentation and much more!
  • Transportation 🚌 to and from the host site *
  • Lunch πŸ” and snacks
  • A laptop πŸ’» **
  • Weekly Site Visits (field trips)
  • Joining an All Star Brotherhood network that support each other after the program, through college, and beyond

* Students will be given a Metrocard, PATH card (when applicable - New York City/Jersey City) or ConnectCard (Pittsburgh) for travel to and from the program
** Students who show need may keep their laptops at the end of the program

Is there a GPA requirement?

No! Our All Stars shine 🌟 in all sorts of ways, and grades are just one way to shine. GPA is NOT used in our selection process.
We do collect GPA data for our statistics, though!

When will I know if I was accepted into the program?

Applicants can expect a notification of acceptance between 2-6 weeks after applying. We try our best to process applications quickly.
Seats are limited; the sooner you apply the better chances you have of being selected! 😁

What programming languages are taught?

All Star Code teaches primarily web development using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

I already know how to code. Am I eligible?

πŸ‘πŸΌ Definitely! You will probably love the Summer Intensive even more if you have this kind of head start. Please send inquiries to, if you have questions about specific skills.

Can I join the Summer Intensive if I'm not in high school yet?

Our program is specifically designed for current sophomores and juniors in high school. We’d love to see you at public events throughout the year and welcome your application when you are old enough! πŸ‘΄πŸ½

I'm a 9th grade freshman in high school, should I still apply?

We are currently accepting only 10th and 11th grade students.
However, we encourage you to still apply! If you apply now, you will recieve a boost to your application next year - making it more likely for you to get in!

Do I have to be a US citizen to apply?

We welcome all students to apply regardless of their residency status.
Whether you are a US citizen, on a visa/green card, or undocumented, you will be welcome at All Star Code.

I don't go to a traditional school (home school, not attending, etc.), am I still eligible?

Yes! Applicants who are not currently attending high school will still be considered if they are 15, 16 or 17 years old.
When filling out the form, please indicate your situation under the question "What is the name of your current high school?"

Please send inquiries to, if you have questions about your application.

Will there be a waiting list?

Absolutely! Given the limited number of seats πŸ’Ί available, many applicants will qualify for the program but will not be selected in the first round. Applicants on the waiting list will be invited to join as spots become available.

What is the application process?

At the end of each month, we will reach out to applicants who show the best chance for success in the Summer Intensive. These ideal candidates will be invited to the second part of the application, which offers applicants a chance to better respresent themselves via 3 short-answer questions. These applicants have approximately 2 weeks to complete Part 2.

Final decisions will be made based on applicants' demonstration of All Star Skills. Offers will be sent out at that time, and applicants have 2 weeks to accept offers.

What is your attendance policy?

Given the intensive nature of the program, students must not miss any day during the first week of the program. The first week is a zero-tolerance week.

Day 1: If a student is absent on the first day of the program, July 6th, their seat is forfeit.

A student is considered absent if they are not in the classroom by 10:30am ⏰, even if they show up afterwards. Students with 3 absences will be expelled from the program.

For each absence, the student's Parent/Guardian is informed and the student must attend Office Hours until they are caught up with the missed material.

Three latenesses = 1 Absence
A student is considered late if they are not in the classroom by 9:00am.

What is your expulsion policy?

All Star Code reserves the right to expell students for any of the following reasons:

  • Missing any day in the first week
  • Having 3 absences
  • Using abusive language
  • Showing disrespect towards instructors & host site space
  • Harrassing, intimidating, or discriminating anyone

All Star Code is committed to maintaining a workplace that is free of harassment. We will not tolerate anyone (including students) intimidating, humiliating or sabotaging others in our workplace. We also prohibit wilful discrimination based on age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, religion or disability.

How can I improve my chances? What does it take to be an All Star?

All Stars:

  • Respect others
  • Demonstrate logical thinking
  • Demonstrate growth mindset
  • Look up terms they're not familiar with (like "Growth mindset" πŸ˜„)
  • Embrace "Celebrate Failure" = are hungry to learn by stepping out of their comfort zone
  • Embrace "Dare Greatly" = are ready to take risks
  • Embrace "Tell Your Story" = can convey ideas clearly and see value in doing so
  • Uplift others around them