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Resilient Coders Inc.

 50 Milk Street, 17th Floor
 Boston, MA 02109
[P] (617) 8502186
[F] --
http://resilientcoders.org
[email protected]
David Delmar
Twitter
INCORPORATED: 2014
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 47-1882343

LAST UPDATED: 02/08/2017
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes

Summary

Mission StatementMORE »

Resilient Coders teaches young people from traditionally underserved communities how to code. We do this as a way of aligning them with a lucrative and meaningful career path. It's a multi-tiered program that funnels students from learning HTML after school, through our downtown "Coworking" sessions, and ultimately, hourly employment. Our higher performers participate in Resilient Lab, a web design and development shop with real clients.

Mission Statement

Resilient Coders teaches young people from traditionally underserved communities how to code. We do this as a way of aligning them with a lucrative and meaningful career path. It's a multi-tiered program that funnels students from learning HTML after school, through our downtown "Coworking" sessions, and ultimately, hourly employment. Our higher performers participate in Resilient Lab, a web design and development shop with real clients.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2016 to Dec 31, 2016
Projected Income $373,140.00
Projected Expense $341,221.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • 1. Bootcamps (Top of funnel)
  • 2. Resilient Lab (middle of funnel)
  • 3. Internship and Job Placement

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

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Overview

Mission Statement

Resilient Coders teaches young people from traditionally underserved communities how to code. We do this as a way of aligning them with a lucrative and meaningful career path. It's a multi-tiered program that funnels students from learning HTML after school, through our downtown "Coworking" sessions, and ultimately, hourly employment. Our higher performers participate in Resilient Lab, a web design and development shop with real clients.

Background Statement

Resilient Coders taught it’s very first class in May of 2014, at the Department of Youth Services facility in Roslindale, and officially incorporating in September 2014. Since then programming has expanded quickly and we’ve developed a Bootcamp model whereby youth participate in a 7-week intensive coding program. Those youth that perform well are eligible to join Resilient Lab, the organization’s web development arm, which provides services to clients. Once youth complete their ‘residency’ with Resilient Lab, we work to place them with internships and jobs with area tech companies.


We work with such organizations as Boston Center for Youth & Families, the Boston Police Department, SMART Team, and Maverick Landing Housing Project, to name just some of the many partners that refer youth to us. We have been fortunate to secure grants from the Boston Police Department, State Street Foundation, and the Amelia Peabody Foundation, among others, and have joined the TUGG portfolio (Tech Underwriting Greater Good), winning their “Tech Gives Back” event several times.


Impact Statement

Since starting in the summer of 2014, we have developed a strong 7-week Bootcamp program that teaches young adults how to code. We have launched Resilient Lab, the dev/design shop that employs our students, and designed the iPhone app for Wanderu, #1 for Travel in the app store when it launched. We are growing this revenue-generating business while also making more educational opportunities available for our youth. We are fortunate to have secured early funding from The Boston Foundation, the Boston Police Department, and from Tech Underwriting Greater Good (TUGG), among others.


Needs Statement

i. Referrals of young adults for Bootcamp, Resilient Coders’ coding program providing participants with relevant technology skills that can lead to tech careers.

ii. Referrals to Resilient Lab for web development projects that provide experience to Bootcamp graduates.

iii. Internships and jobs for Bootcamp and Resilient Lab grads to provide them skill building opportunities and the opportunity to work alongside mentors.

iv. An investment to support the $256,000 necessary to build Resilient Lab into a business that is supporting young coders hone their skills, providing quality web development products for the community, and providing income to the organization.

CEO Statement

Conventional belief is that employment suffices as a means to keep at-risk young people off the streets. We believe that in order for employment to be a lasting solution for these youth, on a level that competes with illicit opportunities, it must be both intellectually fulfilling, and in high demand. Learning to code positions these young people as the solution to Boston’s tech skills gap crisis.


Board Chair Statement

Our own Youth Dev Lead, Micah Martin shares his personal experience in this 2-minute video, from our crowd-funded campaign to send him to the Startup Institute to continue his education.

Geographic Area Served

City of Boston- Citywide (Indiv. neighborhoods also listed)
Boston

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Educational Services
  2. Employment - Employment Preparation & Procurement
  3. Youth Development - Youth Development-Business

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

No

Programs

1. Bootcamps (Top of funnel)

Resilient Coders’ multi-tiered program begins with a seven-week Bootcamp during which youth learn both basic coding skills as well as ‘soft skills’ that will aid them in the workplace. Bootcamp provides hard skills training to enable participants to build simple websites using HTML, CSS, Git, and Lean design principles. It also provides training in communication strategies, collaboration, and professional demeanor.
Budget  $143,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Education & Technology
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) At-Risk Populations Minorities
Program Short-Term Success  Students will progress down the funnel to Coworking.
Program Long-Term Success  Students will have gained an interest in learning to code.
Program Success Monitored By  Conversion down the funnel.
Examples of Program Success 
A student builds a website, becomes curious to learn how to do more. Joins us during Coworking. Continues through the funnel.

2. Resilient Lab (middle of funnel)

Bootcamp highest performers are eligible to work as contractors for Resilient Lab, the organization’s web design and development shop. This is an opportunity for them to hone their web development skills with real clients and to increase their hourly wages according to their skill improvement.

The program objectives are to hold at least two Bootcamps annually and to employ as many Bootcamp graduates as possible with web development client work through Resilient Lab.
Budget  $240,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Education & Technology
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) At-Risk Populations Minorities
Program Short-Term Success  We tier our coders' responsibilities per their skill sets. The first project a student will work on will be a small part of a bigger project, and will fit within his wheelhouse. As that student becomes more comfortable and more skilled, the scope of the work he can assume will grow proportionally. His pay will reflect this growth as well. 
Program Long-Term Success  Resilient Lab employs our higher-performing youth. This allows them to further develop their hard skills in a direction that is dictated by the market. It promotes growth in the soft skills necessary for employment: successful interaction with a client, collaboration with teammates, and time management. As the business grows, the number of young people we will be able to employ will grow proportionally. 
Program Success Monitored By  We keep a constant flow of communication with our clients, such that we have constant feedback on the quality of our work.
Examples of Program Success  The program success will be evident by the growth of the business.

3. Internship and Job Placement

Resilient Coders ultimately supports youth placement in internships that will lead them to reliable career tracks. We build relationships with area companies and placement firms in order to connect participating youth with jobs that can become lucrative career opportunities.
Budget  $25,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Education & Technology
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) At-Risk Populations Minorities
Program Short-Term Success  Youth will develop relationships with members of the tech community, at their offices. Real learning happens outside of a classroom setting.
Program Long-Term Success  For youth finishing a semester of Satellite Cohorts, 20% will either move on to Resilient Lab, or an educational opportunity such as Startup Institute or Launch Academy.
Program Success Monitored By  Scoreboard, our new software, will show unambiguously the progress our students do or do not make. It will show specifically which skills they have learned, per task. 
Examples of Program Success  This program is new. We will be rolling it out in January 2016.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Learning to code is a long and arduous path. So we break it up into three segments along a funnel, with three different strategies. First, the students have the concrete objective of building a website with HTML/CSS during a Hackathon. If they get hooked they can apply to a Bootcamp in which they dig into the coding education and develop proficiency over a seven week period. High performers from Bootcamp may be eligible to work with Resilient Lab, where they gain workplace readiness skills along with additional technical skills working on web development projects for real clients. Three different pedagogies, for three different stages.

Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. David Delmar
CEO Term Start May 2014
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience David is a professional designer and interface developer with experience working with award-winning startups, as well as established brands. Before founding Resilient Coders, he was at PayPal, leading a cross-disciplinary team of designers and coders. They designed and built first-to-market digital advertising concepts for brands like Starbucks, Coke, FedEx, and Pepsi. He helped set up PayPal's startup incubator, Start Tank, and served as its UX subject matter expert.
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ms. Helen Rosenfeld Head of Strategic Partnerships
Helen Rosenfeld, Head of Strategic Partnerships, joined the team in the spring of 2016. A seasoned non-profit executive in the education and economic development spaces, her skills are being put to work on fundraising, partnerships, and strategic planning.

Awards

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Affiliations

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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
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External Assessments and Accreditations

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Collaborations

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

While the country struggles with recidivism, the technology community struggles with a skills crisis. The tech community is challenged to find talent. Too few American college graduates have the skills necessary to fill the roles that are available, because too few high school students pursue degrees in technology. The solution is to give more high schoolers a reason to pursue technology. But no systematic change is being made in public education. We have the opportunity and the responsibility to change this.       

-We can’t wait for this to change. We can prepare youth for jobs. Our vision is to revolutionize youth reentry and job skills training, placing Boston in the forefront of a national movement.
-Resilient Coders is disrupting the incarceration epidemic that keeps our communities in poverty. We are providing the tech sector with candidates capable of fulfilling a successful career.
-We are hacking the opportunity gap.

Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 3
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 26
Number of Contract Staff 4
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 1
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 1
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan --
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A

Governance


Board Chair Mr. Joshua Summers
Board Chair Company Affiliation clypd
Board Chair Term June 2015 - Dec 2015
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Pamela Aldsworth Silicon Valley Bank Voting
Ms. Susanne Beck School Street Consulting Voting
Mr. David Delmar Resilient Coders Voting
Mr. Joshua Summers clypd Voting
Ms. C.A. Webb Underscore.VC Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 4
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 3
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 1
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy No
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

This is a small, founding board. We plan to grow and adjust with the organization's growth.

Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown (%)

No data available

Expense Breakdown (%)

No data available

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2016 to Dec 31, 2016
Projected Income $373,140.00
Projected Expense $341,221.00
Form 990s

2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990EZ

Audit Documents

2015 Review

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 -- --
Total Revenue $315,308 -- --
Total Expenses $104,076 -- --

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

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Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 -- --
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Individual Contributions $292,376 -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $22,932 -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2015 -- --
Program Expense $85,685 -- --
Administration Expense $9,556 -- --
Fundraising Expense $8,835 -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 3.03 -- --
Program Expense/Total Expenses 82% -- --
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 3% -- --

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2015 -- --
Total Assets $215,232 -- --
Current Assets $209,732 -- --
Long-Term Liabilities $0 -- --
Current Liabilities $4,000 -- --
Total Net Assets $211,232 -- --

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value $0.00
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 4.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 -- --
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 52.43 -- --

Long Term Solvency

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Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% -- --

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

As a young organization only coming up on our two year anniversary, we continue to work to formalize systems and develop reporting structures that can aid our planning and our reporting to supporters.

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's IRS Form 990. Resilient Coders Inc. is a newer organization and began its work in the summer of 2014, at which time it was fiscally sponsored by Third Sector New England Inc. The organization received its own nonprofit status, per the IRS, in May 2015, as reflected in the IRS Letter of Determination posted above.

Documents


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.

Impact

The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.


1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

We provide Boston's youth with a boost over the barrier separating them from the local tech community. Our programmatic funnel starts with (1) coding education, transitions to (2) hourly employment through Resilient Lab, during which they gain real professional experience, and (3) connections to further educational programming such as the Startup Institute and Launch Academy, which focus on job placement within the local startup community, or to direct internship and career opportunities in the tech sector.

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?


In order to effectively source, educate, and employ our students, we’ve developed a funnel with “overlapping” means of engagement.

Bootcamp

We run multi-week Bootcamps which teach coding fundamentals of HTML, CSS, and Javascript to participating youth.

Resilient Lab

We run a web development shop that provides meaningful employment opportunities for our highest-performing youth. Resilient Lab designed the interface for the iPhone app released by Wanderu, a local tech startup. The week that the app was released, it was #1 for the “travel” category in the Apple store.

Internship and Job Placement

We work to place participating youth in internships and jobs that provide lucrative career potential.


3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

1. We have a network of professional engineers, who coach our students along.
 
2. Executive Director David Delmar has extensive experience working as a UI design and development consultant for local award-winning startups. This will be critical to the operations and pipeline for Resilient Lab, the revenue-generating project of Resilient Coders.
 
3. We have a network of organizations that source our students and provide complementary support. We work closely with schools, correctional facilities, and partner organizations to provide more comprehensive support around each student.
 
4. We have a small but powerful board of influencers in the local tech community and non-profit world.

4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

Where the curriculum comes from

The curriculum has been designed in partnership with local web developers, hiring partners, and educational institutions such as Launch Academy. It will continue to change as do the needs of the market.

The philosophy

The curriculum is modular, rather than linear, as is the case in traditional education. This allows a student to work at his or her own pace, and allows the leadership to reward that student based on output rather than seniority. It also allows a student to explore different fields within web development, at the extent that s/he chooses. This modular curriculum, along with our series of workshops, provides the student with all of the depth of traditional education, with the flexibility of self-guided education. Submitted along with this application is a tentative curriculum with assigned points.

How will we know we’ve been successful?

The world of software development has a workflow methodology called “Agile,” which we have applied to the development of our program. The philosophy is that the company’s primary objective is validated learning, not building product. Early batches are small, and allow the company to test its assumptions against the market before scaling. This is the “Build Measure Pivot” loop, at the end of which, the company knows empirically that their product is the right one for the needs of the market before it scales.

We spent much of our first year running small “popup cohorts” in schools, correctional facilities, and community centers, identifying specific variables to test. These tests fall under the categories of (1) space design, (2) curriculum and pedagogy, (3) incentive. We know what works now, and have developed a multi-tiered program and modular curriculum around our learnings.


These tests are not over. We intend to continue innovating with every cohort we run.

5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

1. We have employed six students at Resilient Lab.
 
2. We have sent two students to Startup Institute, a 10-week intensive tech bootcamp with the ultimate goal of job placement.
 
3. Out of 2,300 applicants, we were accepted to MassChallenge as a finalist.
 
4.  We have successfully run coding camps and have developed the Bootcamp model of more in-depth coding education for young adulst. Learn more about the coding camps in this two-minute video: