Last night The Iron Yard Atlanta introduced a new satellite for their existing Free Kids Course – and they needed volunteers. I, again, raised my hand even though I’m bogged down with work and probably should be focused on refactoring assignments – but I’m also an entrepreneur at heart and see raising my hand as saying yes to a new opportunity, changing some kids lives, and building up my personal brand and network. Unlike the first and second kids classes, this one I taught by myself and didn’t have any support from my classmate Alex. No worries, we followed the lesson plan from the first class and by the end I had all the kids chanting “Everything is a Box” – great success!
These classes will be taking place at the Exchange Park Recreation and Intergenerational Center – an activities center in Decatur about 9 miles east on I-20 from 75/85 in the heart of downtown ATL – ya I just went SNL “The Californians” on you there.
Admittedly, I was not in a great mental state on the way over there, I was tired, feeling overwhelmed, hungry, and worried about my financial future. After teaching that class, I had this joy that could not be squandered. The kids were really interested and I got a few “Oooohs and Ahhhs” when they saw how to get a YouTube video on their page. A couple of the kids stayed after to ask more questions and find out what other resources they could work with when they got home. It’s just incredible to work with people who are passionate about what they’re learning and I’m thankful to play a small part in that.
If you’re interested in getting you kids involved in a Coding After School Program – please let me know!