Our Mission

Intent

Code Savvy’s main focus is the development of inclusive opportunities in computer science. We do our best to help break down barriers for people of all backgrounds to engage in computer science and technology learning activities.

Mission

We aim to interrupt and counteract existing gender, racial, and socioeconomic gaps in computing by equipping youth and educators with the knowledge, skills, and support to create with technology.

Vision

By focusing on ensuring access to technology and computational thinking skills, we envision a world where individuals in every community have the tools and skills to use and create the technology they need.

Our Core Values

Our history

Code Savvy was founded by Rebecca Schatz, a serial entrepreneur in the not-for-profit space. In addition to Code Savvy, she founded The Works hands-on museum of engineering and was the catalyst behind Technovation[MN]. She passed away in 2015.

Rebecca touched so many people during her vibrant, innovative, and inspiring life. She left a sustainable and lasting legacy to encourage kids and teens to explore their curiosity, learn coding and creative problem solving, and for the volunteers, family members, and mentors who make it happen.

Rebecca built systems and organizations, and more importantly, she engaged others to participate in the process. She knew that change is the work of many and she inspired everyone to stretch, grow, and develop themselves. Her outreach was inherently about inclusion – helping kids see new models and pathways to pursue their own passions, dreams, and careers in new and accessible ways. Rebecca brought passion and a focused commitment to inspire our youth to explore and discover engineering, science, and coding in hands-on environments.

In early July 2015, Code Savvy appointed Jean Weiss the Executive Director of Code Savvy to carry forward Rebecca’s vision to inspire a diverse new code-savvy generation.

Jean served as the Executive Director as a volunteer until October of 2021 when she transitioned onto the Board of Directors, and Valerie Lockhart was brought on as the first paid Executive Director of Code Savvy, a marked milestone for the progression of the organization’s growth!