About CoderDojoTo

CoderDojo is a free computer club for kids, which started in Ireland in 2011 and grew quickly into a global community of over 875 clubs operating in 65 countries. Starting 2013, CoderDojoTo has brought the global good vibes to young coders in the GTA and beyond. We work within communities to provide free computer workshops in fun learning environments – breaking down barriers, challenging social and economic stereotypes, and empowering youth to shape their world through code.

Why is this important?

Computing is an increasingly important form of literacy. Code is part of a booming industry, with a growing skills gap. There are more tech jobs in Canada than there are qualified candidates to fill them. Code will be used to help solve global problems. Unforeseen employment opportunities will continue to be created with code. Code is good for your brain – whether it’s solving a problem for a personal indie game or building the next big industry.

• 90% of Canadian firms surveyed said they have some form of IT skills gap. (CompTIA survey)
• 55% of Canadian Chief Information Officers (CIOs) say it’s difficult to find skilled tech professionals today. (Robert Half Technology)
• 2%-3% The unemployment rate in the Information and Communications Technology and Digital Media industries, statistically viewed as full employment. (Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) and Entertainment Software Association of Canada (ESAC) White Paper)
• 2.7 million Canadians are self-employed entrepreneurs or 8% of the total population. (Statistics Canada)

How can we fix this gap?

It is our vision that every young Canadian has the opportunity to learn to code. We hear from teachers, students, and community organizations who want to start a code program but lack resources and training. To combat this, we have packaged our full-colour paper lesson plans into curriculum kits and are working with schools and libraries across the GTA to support their goals of starting their own computer literacy programs.

How can you help?

By volunteering to mentor young people at our regular monthly meet-up, or at one of our special community events. Moreso, we looking for dedicated members who can help build CoderDojo in GTA and Canada by joining our team. Current support roles are available in curating and creating resources, and helping secure funding sources.

CoderDojo Toronto Team

The core team behind CoderDojoTo!

M. Leslie Bent, Jason Kusznir, Ming-Yee Iu, Tyler Dewald

CoderDojo Toronto Mentors & Volunteers

Yousif Al-Yousifi, Nat Morcos, Adnan Ali, Subash Gurung, Ray Kanani, Viviana Rueda, Chris Mak, Marius Slavescu, Christian Osterman, Fullchee Zhang, David McHoull, Yinka Olu, Rebecca Luong, Alcina Wong, Janine Jeffers, Michael Walpole, Ragu SivanandhaSergio Juarez, Michael Kozakov, Chris Sandison, Alex Commons,  Masha Kuznetsova, Anthony Watts, Jon Erik Suero, Syed Hussani,  Zeeshan Qureshi, Nick Coutsos, Josh Comeau, Kowsheek MahmoodEvert Pot,  Zaki Patel, Natalie Paul, Katie MacDonald, Ryan Racioppo, Tobi Weinstock, Rachel Wang, Hazel Llanes

Community Members

Full Stack Toronto, Maker Festival, Microsoft Toronto, #Ridi6ulo.us Hackthon, Toronto Public Library, StemcaAutism Ontario, Hive Toronto, Get Yer Bot On!, UbiSoft Toronto, Markham Coders

Numbers and Stats for 2016

By the Numbers By the Cost Travelled from By Skill
300+ Students $3000+ on pizza, snacks, coffee Toronto HTML, CSS
150+ Mentors $1000+ on printing Markham GIMP for graphic editing
100+ Computers Loaned $300+ on hardware Scarborough JavaScript
90 TTC Tokens $2500+ on event costs Mississauga Scratch
Bowmanville Node
Georgetown Arduino
Thornhill Networking
North York Podcast (Audio)
Sharon RFID
Burlington
Vaughan
Hamilton
Etobicoke
Dundas
Pickering