We believe students in juvenile justice facilities deserve the chance to develop their technology skills, even while they are incarcerated. So we developed Start from Scratch, a technology-driven initiative that offers students held in juvenile justice facilities the chance to learn coding skills. We held our first Start from Scratch competition in the fall of 2014.
The holiday season can be particularly challenging for students held in juvenile justice settings–as they are away from home and loved ones. At CEEAS we address this through Sending Some Love, our holiday book recording project. Sending Some Love gives young people who are locked up an opportunity to share, express themselves, and combat their feelings of loneliness and isolation during the holiday season.
As a part of our commitment to increasing students’ in juvenile justice settings exposure to technology, we encourage teachers to participate in the worldwide Hour of Code week that runs in December of each year. The Hour of Code, organized by Code.org, introduces students of all ages and grade levels to computer science by having them complete an hour-long coding activity.