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The League of Amazing Programmers

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Nonprofit Overview

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

Mission: Giving youth access, support, and opportunity to lead in today's technology-driven world.

Results: Over 1,500 children from 5th - 12th grade have taken courses since 2008 with over 500 students currently enrolled in weekly 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!

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

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 500 kids learn programming

Geographic areas served: Across the US

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

Community Stories

81 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The League of Amazing Programmers has helped me develop my software skills and also improve my skills in problem solving. The skills I learned from the league helped me lead an award winning robotics team in the San Diego Region. Overall, the excellent teachers and program at League of Amazing truly helped me improve my skills and set me on track to becoming an engineer in the future.

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AmazingProgrammers Thank you for the kind words, Lucas! We're so proud of you and honored to be a part of your programming journey. Best of luck!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son began at The League over a year ago, when he was 11. He is fairly advanced when it comes to computers, and has done pretty much all the tech/programming/coding camps for kids that I could find in San Diego - such as iDTech, UCSD Extension, etc. - most of which were not challenging enough and were "watered down" for kids (i.e. "learn to program through Minecraft" and that type of thing). He loved the League from the very start. They are teaching REAL programming with JAVA, not the Scratch or code.org stuff, so he is learning real-life skills! The staff and instructor mentors are great and passionate about what they do. I also like how they use the more advanced students to help mentor the new students, which helps the student mentors build their knowledge as well as confidence and self esteem. It's a terrific, supportive community for a techie kid like mine, where he can be around other kids who share his interest in tech and programming. I know of no other program in San Diego doing anything like this. I am so thankful to have found this gem right here in our community! I only wish I could have found it sooner!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My son had attended some "Java Programming Camps" prior to participating in The League of Amazing Programmers. His enthusiasm to pursue more in-depth features of Java led him to The League. Imagine his surprise at discovering he learned more about professional level approaches to Java programming in his first day with The League than what transpired during the combined time at those (very expensive) camps. The intimate class size at The League and personal attention and encouragement have inspired him to aspire to majoring in computer science in college -- even though he just entered 9th grade! He is looking forward to working on his next exciting Java game through the expert support and guidance of the knowledgeable League staff.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son takes programming classes here and loves it! When he first showed interest in programming we weren't sure how to feed that interest. We checked his homeschool and was disappointed to learn they don't offer programming there. A friend told us about the League, and now he's on track to take the AP Computer Science exam (which is also not offered at his home school)... and more importantly explore a possible career path! Most amazing is that his learning is being made possible through a financial grant. Someone out there was kind enough to help my child find success, and I'm forever grateful for the help.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son is technically gifted but lacked structure in how he was learning to program. When Wintriss Technical Schools offered an after school program at his elementary school I thought he would find it boring however the teacher adapted the lessons to his learning ability. Through the school he has had the opportunity to work on a team and participate in a competition. Beyond simply providing a framework for programming education, Wintriss has connected him with other youngsters who share the same interests and abilities. It has challenged him in new ways and at a level simply not provided in his regular schooling.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently started volunteer teaching at Wintriss Techinical School. The organizers are delightful people and very committed. And the kids love learning to program!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Wintriss Technical School has been a wonderful and fulfilling experience for me as a volunteer and teacher. Vic and the board members have done an amazing job at putting the students and parents first. It's also so very rewarding to work with all the students. They usually gain a lot of confidence and technical knowledge with hands-on learning. I am grateful for being a part of this school.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Wintriss Technical School is a fun creative environment that gives their students the chance to explore the world of technology. Attending students immediately start writing in real programming languages and spend time with very knowledgeable facility that work in the industry. The kids learn to develop software through interactive programming puzzles and it is amazing to see how much they pick up. The advanced skills they are learning at such a young age gives them a huge advantage to accomplishing great things. Vic Wintriss has given his students a strong technical foundation for high school while providing a team building structure for growth.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Wintress Technical School opened up a whole new world to my son. Not knowing anything about programming 3 years ago, William has learned so much from Mr. Wintress and his associate instructors. With the amazing things he has learned from Wintress Technical, he was able to achieve a 3 out 5 on the Advanced Placement Computer Programming Examination as a 7th grader. Mr. Wintress's scholarship has afforded my son a bright future in computers and programming. Our family is forever in his debt for his kindness, mentorship and generosity.

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We moved to the area two years ago when my son was 10 years old. He was very interested in learning how to program, because he wanted to create his own video games. He said he wanted to "make educational video games, so parents would let their children play video games during the week". We found WTS and Vic through a friend. We are truly grateful. My son has been attending for two years and he looks forward to going to class every week. He has learned so much. Watching his team program their robot for the robotic competition really shows how much they have learned. Most importantly, WTS and their staff have further stimulated his interested in computers and the opportunities available for him if he stays in that field.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My school-aged son is very interested in computer programming, and was trying to learn Python and Java from library books. After extensive searching, we found Wintriss Technical Schools--the only organization in our area teaching computer programming to children. After he participated in a week-long Wintriss camp, he was hooked and wanted to participate in weekly classes. Thanks to a very generous scholarship from Wintriss, he is able to attend the classes and has learned more than I could have imagined.

The administrators, teachers and mentors are outstanding and genuinely committed to these students' success. My son loves attending.

Review from Guidestar

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Donor

Rating: 5

My son has been taking classes at Wintriss for two years now. He started the summer before his eighth grade year and has benefitted tremendously from this program. He LOVES the program, has passed the AP Computer Science Exam, is now mentoring younger students in programming, and has applied his skills beyond the classroom. He and his Wintriss team recently won a robotics competition winning $1000, he was selected by his school to run the technical side of TEDx Youth San Diego because of what he has learned, and has taken these skills into his passion for film, working for the church, and even an internship at KPBS. It has been amazing for him, and I HIGHLY recommend the Wintriss Technical School for any kid with technical inclinations. They are great people teaching kids real life skills for a rapidly advancing technology driven world. I commend them for their work!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has been attending classes at Wintriss for about a year and a half, starting in the 8th grade. He has received such positive encouragement through the staff at Wintriss, and his Java programming skills have flourished. He was asked to mentor a younger student who was having some difficulties in programming - an opportunity he happily took. He also enjoyed participating with a team in the Robotics Competition recently, learning a lot about both robotics and teamwork. The staff at Wintriss is wonderful - a very knowledgeable and supportive group.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son started learning to program in JAVA at Wintriss Technical Schools (WTS) 3 years ago, in 8th grade. What began as something "just for fun" quickly became a life path for him. He has learned how to program well, earning a 5 out of 5 on the AP Computer Science exam in 10th grade. Furthermore, he has grown into a successful mentor and teacher at WTS as he shares his knowledge and skills with other Wintriss students. He has gained so much in the way of leadership skills and self-confidence during his time at WTS. He was able to secure a summer internship with the connections he made at WTS and now, as he moves into his senior year of high school, he plans to apply to college as a computer science/engineering major.