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5 Ways to Use Coding Skills for Good

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Coding is a powerful skill.

It lets you create web pages, develop new sites, and even build apps.

Knowing how to write code in HTML/CSS, Python, Javascript, etc. is often hailed as one of the most in-demand skills of the 21st century. Whatever industry or career stage you’re in, the ability to code can catapult your professional path into a totally amazing dream work orbit.

So learning to code can give you the hook-up on amazing, Recession-proof job opportunities, increased income potential, and legit entrepreneurial opportunities that have the potential to land you the coveted titled of tech’s Next Big Thing.

But, know what else coding offers? The opportunity to give back.

Regardless of your coding skill level – super beginner to programming pro – there are multiple ways to give back through your coding experience, paving the way for new tech talent and opening doors for mission-focused organizations.

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Here are 5 ways you can give back through coding this holiday season:

Flatiron School’s Code Drive for Refugees

From December 11th through the 17th, Flatiron School is hosting a Code Drive that lets you access all coding courses for FREE (hell yeah) and donates $1 towards scholarships for refugees for every lesson you complete. It’s a great way for coders of ANY skill level (including complete beginners) to hone their skills while helping others.  Sign-up for the Flatiron School’s Code Drive online.

Inspire Students with Code.org

If you’re passionate about computer science and love sharing that passion with the next generation, consider volunteering with Code.org to visit schools and introduce students to the world of coding. Don’t have time to go into schools? No problem – you can chat with classes via video chat! Share your coding story with aspiring techies by signing up at Code.org!

Social Coders Pro Bono Projects

Social Coders is a really cool platform that connects computer programmers with charities and nonprofits looking for volunteers to assist with online projects. It’s a great way to gain coding experience, build your portfolio, and help great organizations maximize their impact. Joining Social Coders is really easy – just sign-up online and get notifications of volunteer opportunities as they arise.

Become a Code Day Judge or Mentor

CodeDay is a 24-hour, beginner-focused education event dedicated to sparking a coding interest in students. These events need volunteer competition judges, programming mentors, and event staff to pull off their impressive mission. Get more information on the volunteer responsibilities at www.codeday.org and see if your community is scheduled to host an event.

Build Nonprofit Apps with Free Code Camp

Free Code Camp is amazing (it’s really free). I’ve really enjoyed their all-online, self-paced curriculum through my own coding journey. They offer multiple certificates (Front End Development, Data Visualization, and Back End Development) and connect coding students with nonprofit projects, along with a collaborative coding team. Sign-up for Free Code Camp and review the nonprofit program dets.

Happy Coding!

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