The Growth of TechnoTeens
A short reflection of our organization's growth, our increasing prominence in our community, and our newest addition to our website: the blog!
A little over one year ago, TechnoTeens was founded with ambitious goals and the will to make positive change. Looking back on our first year, seeing all the milestones we've hit, I can safely say that this last year has been truly successful.
Reflecting on Our First Year
“Taking risks is scary, but if you pursue your goals with perseverance & passion, ultimately that venture will prove to be fruitful.”
After offering our first series of Java classes in the summer of 2017, the feedback we received was overwhelmingly positive and truly humbling. Any doubts I'd had that the Trumbull community might not be interested in learning to code were quickly dismissed, and the new support from my surprising- albeit small- community were reassuring and motivating.
Soon after, NCWIT's AspiteIT initiative graciously offered to sponsor our next series of Java workshops throughout the 2017-2018 school year. Equipped with solid funding and new team members, I decided to offer these workshops to girls exclusively. Despite my fear that girls wouldn't show up though, to my surprise, they did! Not only was that class successful, but it was more successful than my last series of classes. The girls seemed to love the program!
As I spent the year pouring over legal paperwork, struggling to secure funding, and emailing mentors and resources constantly, it was always the responses I got from parents and students that drove me to aim bigger and brighter for TechnoTeens.
Where We Are Now
This upcoming summer, we are offering four times the number of classes we ran in the previous summer. We're offering three new programs, in addition to our much loved Java classes. We even have three new directors to help TechnoTeens achieve more, and three new teachers to expand our reach in our community.
We didn't stop there, though.
Last year, only a few people knew about TechnoTeens and our web presence was pitiful. This year, we've published our website, we're on Instagram and Twitter, and we have a reach of (approximately) 1,600 people on Facebook. People are tweeting about our classes, and Facebook moms are promoting us. I've been getting calls to offer private lessons, to offer classes at various schools, and to expand to different towns.
And we don't plan to stop there either.
In the upcoming year, TechnoTeens plans to secure new venues, to get more sponsors, and to reach bigger goals. We're in the process of partnering with more organizations. We are going to teach in new locations, and will try to spread to new towns. And lastly (and most importantly!) , we're aiming to host a hackathon in the fall!
Big things are up ahead.
About Our Blog
“Be original, show off your style, and tell your story.”
Blogging gives TechnoTeens a real voice. On this blog, we aim to keep you up-to-date on the progress of our organization's development, to keep you informed on the happenings of the tech industry, and to offer you opportunities to interact with the computing community in our area. We'll bring in guest writers, we'll interview prominent people in tech, we'll show you our adventures in CS, and we'll offer challenges!
If you have any ideas as to what you want to hear us write about, shoot us an email. If you feel you have something to say, tell us you want to write something! If you're just a passionate reader, drop a comment so we can appreciate you!
All I can say is:
This blog is going to be awesome.
So stay tuned.