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Updated: Jun 23, 2021

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The Code Savvy Board of Directors is excited to announce that we are looking for our next Executive Director to expand our work of creating opportunities for hands-on, equitable computer science learning experiences that inspire all learners to transform the future for good.

We are expanding our work by shifting from a mostly volunteer-led organization to one with a paid executive director and supporting staff. We want to further our goal of reaching even more youth by continuing to inspire and provide resources to teachers and youth across all of Minnesota.

If you, or someone you know, has nonprofit leadership experience, a passion for promoting equitable education and increasing access for underrepresented students in the computer science field - we want to hear from you!

Additionally, Code Savvy is looking for Part Time Computer Science Curriculum Developers to support our school partnerships through the development of project-based curriculum! Join us to engage and inspire students through creative computing!

Click the button below to learn about all opportunities currently available with Code Savvy!

This Week’s Spotlight and Project-Inspiration Theme: Juneteenth!

This week’s focus is Juneteenth

June 19th is an important day in American history, and is gaining momentum to become officially recognized as a holiday. Almost all states recognize Juneteenth as a holiday either officially or unofficially, and many companies are providing time off to celebrate for employees. However congress has not yet recognized it as an official national holiday. This week, we want to shine a spotlight on Juneteenth!

During the Civil War, President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation declaring that all enslaved people are to be set free. This was signed on January 1, 1863. In reality however, those living in non-Union states largely ignored the proclamation, as there were no Union troops present to enforce it. It took two and a half years for Union troops to progress through the southern states to Texas. After the war ended in 1865, General Granger’s troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, freeing an estimated 250,000 remaining people who were enslaved. The next year, freed people organized the first “Jubilee Day” on June 19th, which has continued to be celebrated and is now known as Juneteenth.

Even though this day has been a long-running holiday for over 100 years, it has yet to be officially recognized as a national holiday by Congress. Companies such as Target, Best Buy, JPMorgan, the NFL, and many others recognize the holiday by either closing early, or giving employees time off. You can find out more about a campaign to gain national recognition here. And if you want to learn more about Juneteenth, check out some of these resources:

This week as you are practicing your own coding skills, can you make a fun project to celebrate Juneteenth? Whatever you choose to make, be sure to share it with your friends and family.

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