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The League of Amazing Programmers

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Causes: Computer Science, Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Engineering, Literacy, Technology, Vocational & Technical Schools

Mission: Igniting young minds through computer programming

Results: Over 500 children from 5th - 12th grade have taken courses since 2008 with over 300 students presently taking weekly after-school classes. We are so proud of our Oracle Professional Programmer certified students and 90% of our students pass the AP Computer Science exam with a 4 or a 5! The League of Amazing Programmers was formerly named Wintriss Technical Schools (WTS).

Target demographics: With an emphasis on reaching more girls and low-income populations, The League teaches programming to youth in grades 5 through 12 throughout San Diego county.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 300 kids

Geographic areas served: San Diego County

Programs: programming mastery, Java for girls, giving underserved youth access to advanced programming instruction, college prep, career readiness

Community Stories

59 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Two of my children have attended The League of Amazing Programmers. It is simply an amazing place! Students get support from excellent teachers and a well thought out program to learn programming skills in Java and to discover if programming is for them. Students are allowed to progress at their own pace, discover how to solve programming problems, struggle to find their own programming errors, and be creative in designing their own software. The students get a lot of confidence and motivation from solving programming problems and progressing through the levels of the program. If your child is "into" programming then it is a great environment to learn and progress with like minded peers. In other words, the kids have fun learning! The league also provides important extracurricular opportunities like visiting companies that do software development and participating in software design competitions. At the higher levels, the students get to work in groups on larger, real programming projects which is invaluable experience to a student considering CS as a college major. The results are also amazing! My eldest went into CS in college and tested out of the first 1.5 years of CS programming classes thanks to the League. My youngest will most likely write the AP CS A test at the end of 9th grade again thanks to the League. So basically, I can't say enough good things about this place. If your child wants to try programming then The League of Amazing Programmers is where you need to be!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

League of Amazing Programmers has been working with the Academy of Information Technology at Hoover High School to develop our students for the field of technology for over a year. The instructors come to our campus in which the students are excited to attend all of the sessions to learn!!! In addition, the instructors and program provide steps to achievement of AP courses and certifications!! Finally, they assist our students to get paid internships that add invaluable skills for their future!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The League Of Amazing Programmers has fundamentally impacted my life. I never thought about the role technology/coding has on our society. Through this non-profit I have developed a strong passion for computer science. In addition I have been exposed to the work environment through internships and competitions. This organization is made up of people who care about their students and do the best to help us be successful. I am very indeed greatful for this non-profit and truly recommend it!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The league of amazing programmers have build my confidence to become an engineer. I thought that there weren't any chances for me to get a major in the area of engineering due to the low percentage of women in field. Over the past year the league has provided me with the necessary skills to prepare me for my future career. I've had a wonderful experience so far with the league classes and the extraordinary internship that changed my perspective in engineering. I have now build the mindset that I could and I will become an engineer in the future.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at the league is a very rewarding experience. It is inspiring to witness young students learn and apply technical knowledge “meant for adults”, with enthusiasm and creativity.

Client Served

Rating: 5

What an amazing place. Our son is thriving in their electrical engineering programming doing college level EE work in 9th grade. He loves it!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Excellent program. Highly recommended. My son has been attending The League of Amazing Programmers for almost 4 years and now that he is in 9th grade he has been able to achieve his goal of taking A. P. Computer Science at school. Thank you to everybody at the League!

Heather A.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

They have amazing teachers and the office staff is so communicative and helpful. My son loves the program and can’t wait to complete the series . Also the staff is so helpful with scheduling the classes around our busy schedules.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The League of Amazing Programmers is truly amazing. Small class sizes and teachers that really care about the students progression through the program. Stick with the program and you’ll end up being a certified Java programmer. This school provides a quality education. Best after school program I’ve seen. Couldn’t be happier with the work they do here.
(My 13 year old is 2.5 years into the program)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son had tried 3 other coding places before we found League of Amazing Programmers. I was cautious initially and asked many questions. After the 1st class my son had we were overjoyed to have finally found a perfect fit. The classes are small and they move to your child's pace. He loves and looks forward to his coding classes. He has also added the Engineering classes that he absolutely loves as well. We are so happy to have found this amazing gem.

2 Sonia M.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son studies programming in this amazing class. They have multiple coding levels from 0 to full professional. They teach kids in highly motivating environment, progressing them through the levels, treating them like young adults. The kids are learning how to think and code Independantly. This is a true school for future Programmers.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has been going to this program for a few years. They really do a great job in keeping the learning fun and focused. These are real life skills to motivate kids to pursue what interests them as well as break down barriers to studying technology. It is particularly special that The League recognizes the value of educating girls in technology as well as students from disadvantaged communities.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with The League for the past two years. Diane and Vic, the founders, are amazing people who care about making a difference in their students' lives. I had taught programming before, but never to students so young. The League's curriculum provides a fun framework for the kids' path to becoming programmers! I look forward to class and seeing my students every week.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The League has made us a better family! 6 years ago I was the parent of a 4th grader and constantly arguing with him over computer time. I thought he was addicted and would never leave his room again. I begged the league to let him in early, at the time they only took 5th grade and up. They did and it has been a life changer for all of us. He found a direction for his passion and we found peace. Six years later, he has passed the AP Comp Sci test and is on his way to become an Oracle Programmer. He volunteers as a TA and helps out with the summer workshops. He has become such an amazing young man and I owe a lot of that to League and their positive influence in his life. Thank You Vic, June, Keith, Vickie, Stephen and the rest of this awesome team!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son started attending programming class at the League as a summer pastime a year ago. He loved it so much that he stayed on and signed up for weekly classes during the school year. In just over a year, he progressed from a beginner to almost reaching advanced level and is now helping out with beginner workshops at the League.

The teachers are amazing! The program is extremely flexible. Students learn at his or her own pace in a fun, friendly and non-competitive environment. Hands-on projects and presentations prepare students for real life. The recognition by the UCSD Extension is also a plus! I would highly recommend joining the League if you have a kid who is curious about computer science & STEM.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer teacher at The League of Amazing Programmers. I help out with their Saturday morning Level 0 class at the Downtown library. This class mostly consists of young students who will be the first generation to attend college. Most do not have access to computer programming courses through their school. I started to volunteer because I was shocked by Stack Overflow's Developer Survey Results for 2017, which show the majority of professional developers have parents who attended college. This is a grim statistic for first generation college students who might not even know about careers in tech. The League of Amazing Programmers is doing important work in the community to improve these statistics for first generation college students. The skills these students are learning will put them in a position to be innovators of technology, not simply consumers. Furthermore, if they so choose, they will be in a position to confidently pursue a Computer Science degree in college. In an industry where there is a lot of talk about diversifying the workforce, The League is actually doing the crucial work necessary to diversify the pipeline for tech. They are a crucial nonprofit, engaged in powerful efforts with long-term implications for the communities where they work.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Our son has been a student at The League for four years. It has been transformational. Amazing teachers! Great curriculum! Fun environment. Relevant for 21st century kids!

2 Elena E.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Jack Leow is very knowledgeable. His material and lesson plans are rigorously prepared. His empathy and motivation help him connect to students very well, and I think, in return motivates them to learn above his curriculum.

1

Client Served

Rating: 4

Although I'm still new to this program, I'm learning a lot there, and it is a lot of fun! Looking forward to more!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Inspiring group of people making a real difference in young people's lives. Allowing kids to gain skills and insights that will change their career path for the better before most kids even think about college. Amazing group!