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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

47 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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!

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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

1 Mike D.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The League has done an incredible job exposing young people to the vast world of computers in a way that is fun and interactive! As a volunteer, I have seen kids develop confidence and problem solving prowess before my very eyes, all while developing skills they will use for the rest of their lives!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a software engineer for several decades and also love to be involved with children. So when I heard about The League of Amazing Programmers, I realized this could combine the 2 things I love to do! I've been volunteering at The League teaching classes for about 1 1/2 years, and the feedback from the students, and seeing them gaining confidence as they learn how to program, is inspiring! As a teacher, you create relationships with your students and can see them develop confidence and pride in what they've accomplished! I've become an important role model for each of my students, and can only hope that this makes a positive impact!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering here for a few months now. I'm very impressed with the teachers and how they create a fun, engaging environment for kids to really immerse themselves in programming, both in the summer workshops and the year-round go-at-your-own-pace instruction. I wish I could have attended this school when I was a kid!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son, Ian, has taken coding classes from the League of Amazing Programmers for more than three years; I highly recommend this organization. The League's administrative staff is helpful and friendly and its classroom teachers are excellent instructors who care about encouraging kids to learn code and bring their industry knowledge to the classroom. Students advance through a series of ranks with defined goals and benchmarks (including one which helped prepare my son to successfully take the AP Computer Science exam as a freshman) and in a way that they find interesting and fun. Projects range from designing and creating a video game to developing an app that will benefit society, and more. Each of my son's instructors has been smart, patient, helpful, knowledgable and encouraging and has shared their experiences in a way that helps students connect the dots between what they are doing in class to what they could do in the working world some day. My son has had two additional great experiences through the League: participating in its annual IAROC robotics competition and helping to teach coding to new students as a TA. As an organization, the League has a great mission that its founder Vic Wintriss clearly believes in: helping students from all backgrounds learn to code. The League runs classes in several San Diego locations including at the downtown library and MLK libraries. We found the League by word of mouth and are so glad we did.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a student with The League of Amazing Programmers since it's inception four years ago. This non-profit organization has been nothing short of amazing. The League teaches young people how to code extremely effectively.

The faculty at The League is unparalleled, with mentors that come right from industry teaching students techniques and strategies used by those working in the field. Their proprietary curriculum is well organized, easy to follow, and allows students to achieve mastery of Java at very young ages. There is tremendous camaraderie among students working to achieve each successive Level of skill. I'm not sure where I'd be in my educational journey if I had not stumbled on The League that summer after Middle School.

By the time I graduate from High School I will have become a Certified Java Professional, thanks to the encouragement, support and incredible vision of the faculty and staff at The League of Amazing Programmers. For anyone interested in learning programming languages, you won't regret diving into one of their workshops.

To potential donors or anyone willing to financially support The League, you are helping to create a generation of young people who are well prepared to handle the demands of a high tech world. The League are good stewards of their resources and my parents have always been very happy to support this non-profit.

Finally, The League founders, Vic and Diane Wintriss, are two of the most inspirational people I have ever met in my life, and I owe them tremendous gratitude for being so giving of their time, talent and being incredible visionaries by starting this organization.

Tommy T. - High School Senior

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This has been one of the proisitve exoerences in my life, both the goals of the organization and the volunteers working for it are amazing and I only wish I could have worked there longer!

1 Donald J.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son had always been interested in programming every since he was very young. We weren't quite sure where to look for real programming instruction in Java for a kid in 5th grade. We found the League of Amazing Programmers and it has been a godsend for my son. The instructors are knowledgeable and patient. The coursework is relevant and interesting. My son wants to be a programmer someday and we are thankful we found this non profit but importantly this wonderful group of dedicated teachers.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son loves to PLAY computer games, but wasn't showing much interest in programming initially. Now he very much enjoys his programming experiences, and is considering it as a possible career. Thanks guys!

1 Rod_2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My elder son's life was transformed by the LEAGUE! He is now entering his final college year as a Comuter Science major while employed full time this summer as a software engineer. We owe the entire start to his career to the LEAGUE. My youngest son also briefly attended the LEAGUE and is now following in his older brother's footsteps.

June, Vic and Diane are the most passionate, caring leaders of any non-profit I've known. They truly aim to ignite young minds and change kid's lives!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My son is now attending the top-rated university for Software Electronic Arts & Entertainment (e.g. video game programming). He owes his entire future career to the foundational education he got at the LEAGUE. The hands-on small classroom approach is completely effective and the passion at the LEAGUE shines through in every teacher... and every student. This is one special school!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son started here in 5th grade and is now entering high school. I know that he has a solid foundation as a programmer. He will fly through any high school programming classes and be a real asset to any robotics program. Best of all, he loves it! There is no homework and no books. There is no other program around that will take kids this age and teach them real coding skills. I know that he will want to continue on through high school and get is Oracle Java Programmer certification. Great program - can't recommend it highly enough!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have only been learning how to code in Java for a year but thanks to the helpful and supportive teachers learning how to code is a piece of cake, and learning through the League not only earns me extension credit but I found out about other programming related activities such as the iAROC competition, which is an autonomous robotics competition which was not only fun, but challenged my coding abilities. All in all the League is making learning code incredibly easy and fun at the same time!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have 2 kids attending The League and several others that I have recommended. This is the best thing ever for my kids. My daughter was reluctant at first and June Clarke (Lead teacher, who is very smart and an outstanding individual) took my daughter under her wings and before I knew it my middle schooler wanted to volunteer and teach Java. Not only are the kids leanings a very marketable programming skill they are also being mentored by the Java professionals that teach the classes.

As a board member, I have known Vic and Diane for the last 4 years. Both of them are the most outstanding individuals you will ever meet in a lifetime.

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