2020 has been a challenging and interesting year. Prior to COVID-19 things were progressing and there was a level of excitement for the year and the ability to bring clarity to challenges in our personal and professional lives. Oh, what a difference a pandemic can make.
Our business model has been to work with organizations that work with young people to enhance and enrich their after school and/or summer camp experiences. We’ve been extremely fortunate and are grateful to the organizations (shared on our website)that we have worked with over the years We were able to help their clients and donors reach our shared goals. COVID-19 upended all of our worlds and forced changes to how we do business - with each other and our clients. When COVID-19 closed schools, we were closed too.
We miss the smiling and sometimes frustrated faces. Coding isn’t hard, but it’s not easy, it takes effort to get good and even then there’s always more to learn. Over the years, we have enjoyed introducing more and more young people to coding as a skill that can be developed and one that opens doors not visible today. This summer we offered our first virtual learning sessions for young people that gave parents a break while their child had fun creating animations and games.
When schools shut down, we were able to refocus on our core principles of Access, Inclusion, and Trust. Access provides the opportunity to learn coding to as many as possible regardless of zip code. Inclusion welcomes everyone regardless of social-ethnic-economic background. Trust builds a relationship with all of those we serve by honoring our commitments and thinking of them first. These principles allow us to look to the future with a renewed commitment to continue to move the needle.
In the coming weeks, you will hear about CODE 202(X), our new program that will continue to support organizations with virtual enrichment options. We’re also launching Parent Time, an out-of-school Enrichment program designed to give caregivers an hour back in their day. Look for us to continue to enhance our service offering with even more collaborations.
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William H. Teasley, President, HGEI
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