Now in its third year, Code Hawk Camp has nearly tripled in enrollment since its first summer of 20 students! In order to be able to support this growth in enrollment, we are asking our friends and family to help support us with any small amount they can give. Past years of camp have been funded out of pocket by the founder of camp (Nancy), but this has become unsustainable in the face of the uptick in enrollment. We recognize that crowdfunding is not a long-term or sustainable solution, either, and are working to secure more reliable funding streams to better support future camps, but in this third transitional year, we have found ourselves needing just a little bit of extra help. While the costs to run camp are kept low (all instructors are volunteers and facilities are provided by the school), a small operating budget is still required to provide students with learning materials and food during the week.
Programs like Code Hawk Camp are vital to resolving the massive inequities currently present within the tech industry. We have seen first hand how students emerge from a week at camp feeling more confident and curious in their abilities to use technology to express themselves and create amazing things. Several students have reported an interest in majoring in computer science as a result of camp, and one camper says the last two summers have prepared her to be academically competitive as the only female computer science major at her school.