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Meghan Knoll's Fundraiser:

Meghan Runs for ScriptEd!

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BENEFITING: CODE NATION

EVENT: 2017 NYC Triathlon

Meghan Knoll

THE STORY:

Hi Friends, Family and Interested Bystanders! TLDR: This is important to me, ScriptEd is amazing, I turn 30 this year, please consider making me the best birthday gift ever and giving to an organization I care deeply about. Long Version: I've run in a lot of races for charity, but I've never run for a cause I was so genuinely passionate about. In fact, I don't ever think I've even bothered to customize a fundraiser paragraph before (so here goes nothing). This July I'll be running on a relay team for the NYC Triathlon on behalf of ScriptEd. I've been a volunteer for ScriptEd since 2014. ScriptEd is a nonprofit that brings tech professionals (including me) into under-resourced schools to teach coding classes twice a week. Their mission is to equip students with the fundamental coding skills and professional experiences that together create access to careers in technology. Many of you work in tech - you know what the field looks like. ScriptEd students are 43% African American, 30% Hispanic, 22% Asian, and 3% White. A full 36% of ScriptEd students are female, and last year over 87% of the students qualified for free or reduced price lunch. That is not the typical makeup of the tech community. Those are a lot of voices and perspectives that are currently missing from the tech products that define our lives, and we are all worse off for that. Even more important for the students I teach, an understanding of code + internship opportunities gives students a real head start on a career in tech, and access to an industry and a salary that may have been out of their reach before ScriptEd. This year I wrote my first recommendations for students applying to Google coding scholarships. One of my students wrote on her resume that her objective in learning to code was to become an "independent woman". Another former student went to a hackathon with ScriptEd this year and used the coding skills we taught him to win a $12,000 scholarship. Four of my former students are working on advanced coding skills in a class at the Etsy offices this year, and others have had internships at Etsy, American Express, JP Morgan, Thrillist, and more. I am incredibly proud of my volunteer work with ScriptEd. It has been a privilege to work with our students. If you can find even $10 to donate to this amazing organization, I would be incredibly grateful. You can call it a 30th birthday gift :D. I'll end on a quote from one of my first year students back in 2014, because it still makes me cry every time I read it: "While all my peers were choosing paths of doctors, lawyers and veterinarians, I was just looking for whichever path made me happy. Happiness had become something I realized you get from doing what you love and what I love has become programming. Beina problem solver, that's what computer scientists and software engineers do. Now I want to be a problem solver... and not a problem starter. Some people see this generation as lazy, but in reality we are innovative. I want to see how these engineers and scientists change the world from a computer screen, and follow in their footsteps one day." (Taishawn)

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  • Meghan Knoll

    $25

  • Ray

    $25

  • Andy and Oraly Spatz

    $25

  • Ethan

    $30

  • David

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $100

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  • Emily Hall

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  • Jim

    $50

  • Jeremiah

    $50

  • Eeeman

    $25

  • Matt McFadden

    $50

  • Dad

    $150

  • xtina

    $50

  • Leia

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $200

  • Todd Kennedy

    $25

  • Morgan (and Dan)

    $100

  • DoubleD

    $50

  • jL

    $100

  • Martino

    $25

  • Yining

    $25

  • Katie Knorr

     

  • Michelle Cauchi

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Mysterious Friend

    $500

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  • Rong

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Donor Comments

Rong

Rong

DONATION: $25

This is amazing! Go Meghan! 3 years ago

Jeremy Stern

Jeremy Stern

Happy birthday, Meghan! 3 years ago

Mysterious Friend

Mysterious Friend

DONATION: $500

162.209.126.209 3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Michelle Cauchi

Michelle Cauchi

DONATION: $25

I love your passion for ScriptEd and running races. You are an inspiration! 3 years ago

Katie Knorr

Katie Knorr

3 years ago

Yining

Yining

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Martino

Martino

DONATION: $25

Go Meghan & ScriptEd! 3 years ago

jL

jL

DONATION: $100

This is awesome! 3 years ago

DoubleD

DoubleD

DONATION: $50

3 years ago