Be a Changemaker update: StudentRND

CodeDay logoStudentRND logo
I thought some of you might be interested in reading an update from one of the co-founders of StudentRND, which was one of the organizations profiled in Be a Changemaker: How to Start Something that Matters. StudentRND is now the force behind CodeDay, which is “a nationwide event where student programmers, artists, musicians, actors, and everyone else can get together and build apps & games for 24 hours.”

a scene from CodeDay
Kurt Schlosser interviewed Tyler Menezes, the executive director of the Seattle-based nonprofit and GeekWire’s latest Geek of the Week, and I especially loved this question and answer, which has stuck with me and is rattling around in my brain in interesting ways. Schlosser asked, “What do you do, and why do you do it?” to which Menezes replies:

I’m the executive director of a tech education nonprofit. You don’t get rich or famous working for a nonprofit, but we can solve problems that fly under-the-radar of pure-profit initiatives. If you asked most tech investors who we were, they wouldn’t know our name, but if you asked a student from a low-income school in Auburn, Phoenix, or Boca Raton, there’s a decent chance they could tell you a story about an impact it made on their life. That’s why I do it.

Way to go, Tyler and StudentRND! Read the full article here.