San Antonio Community Resource Directory
Youth Code Jam (Nonprofit )

Youth Code Jam makes computer science and coding fun, sociable, and equitable for all students and their grown-ups through inclusive programming, Teacher Professional Development, and free community events.

Our programs provide a judgment-free zone where all learners - regardless of skill level, background, or economic status - can try new things, build their confidence, and envision themselves as the leaders of tomorrow.

Brooke Haley - Interim Executive Director
Online and Virtual Assistance

Bits ‘N Bytes is our after-school virtual coding club open to students in 3rd-8th grade of all skill levels. We meet virtually to introduce young learners to computational thinking through fun, engaging, and interactive activities.

How it works 

  1. Register for the days you can attend. It’s completely free to register!
  2. On the days you register to attend the club, you will receive an email with instructions for joining the Zoom.
  3. 5-10 minutes before the meeting starts, help your young coder log into the Zoom and our instructors will take it from there.

What you will need 

  1. You will need an internet connection and a computer, Chromebook, or tablet. 
  2. All of our activities will be browser-based. We recommend using Google Chrome, but most browsers will work.
  3. You can join a Zoom meeting in a browser window, but we recommend downloading the Zoom application.

Age: 3rd - 8th grade

Join us via Zoom for live sessions.

Registration closes for each session at noon on the day of the program.

Click here for registration and more program information.

Free

Connectivity Resources
  • Computer Skills Classes
We meet on Thursdays from 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM via  Zoom. Register to receive a meeting link on the day of the club meeting.
Max Amey Send email
Updated within the last 1 month.

Take a Brain Break with a Code Jam Recess!

Need a screenbreak? Gather your family, classroom, friends, or team, and put your knowledge to the test with these short coding activities, riddles, and puzzles!

Share your activities with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Tag us with @YouthCodeJam and use the hashtag #wecanjam so we can see your amazing work!

For our Logic Brain Teasers: Try them on your own or with your family and then check out the answers here.

  • Coding Activities
  • Maker Activities
  • Family Activities
  • Logic Activities

Click here to download all activities.

Connectivity Resources
  • Computer Skills Classes
Updated within the last 1 month.
This program is active from Jan. 3, 2024 until Aug. 28, 2024

We are partnering with Palo Alto for three Different summer camps! Each camp is two weeks long

The first camp is AutoAuto. In this fun, interactive camp, we explore coding concepts using the AutoAuto self-driving car platform. Machine learning? We've got that! Artificial Intelligence? We've got that too!

The second camp is Finch. During this camp, we’ll combine fun with creative thinking and robotics. Using the Finch Robots, students will explore visual programming and watch as machines process their code, turning ideas into reality before their very own eyes!

The third camp is Game Design with MakeCode Arcade. This camp is a hybrid visual and text-based programming platform that allows you to create retro-style games using Microsoft’s MakeCode programming language. MakeCode Arcade uses JavaScript blocks or text, is friendly to beginners, and can also challenge experienced coders. In this camp you will practice the basics of game design and create your own games!

Click here to get additional information by email.

Connectivity Resources
  • Computer Skills Classes
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Brooke Haley
Shelby Hughes
Updated within the last 1 month.

At a Jam, young people can learn to code and be inspired to pursue jobs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math ("STEM") fields. They can meet college students and professionals working in computer science, education, and more. And their parents? They get to see that technology can be a bridge both to social interaction and lucrative careers. All of our Community Code Jams are inclusive and welcoming to people of all backgrounds. We also host smaller, low-sensory Jams for those on the autism spectrum or with sensory issues.

Click here for the latest updates on program dates and times.

Connectivity Resources
  • Assistive Technology
  • Computer Skills Classes
Updated within the last 1 month.
This program is active from March 1, 2024 until June 24, 2024

Join Youth Code Jam and Family Services for Summer Coding Camp!  This camp is for High School Students.

The FREE one-week in-person camp will be held at The Neighborhood Place in the Teen Tech Center for any High School Student.

In this fun, interactive camp, we explore coding concepts using the AutoAuto self-driving car platform. Machine learning?  We've got that! Artificial Intelligence? We've got that too! And you'll be able to begin or increase your knowledge of text-based coding with Python. We are looking forward to having your kid join us for a week of fun learning, computational thinking, and coding skills.

Connectivity Resources
  • Computer Skills Classes
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free Computer Use
Brooke Haley
Shelby Hughes
Updated within the last 1 month.
This program is active from May 4, 2024 until May 4, 2024

We are excited for our very first Girls Code Jam coming up on May 4th at the brand new Girls Inc. of San Antonio facility! This is a hands-on event bringing together K-12 girls and non-binary kids, their adults, and programmers to learn, explore, and grow with code. 

This is a FREE event and a great place to learn about computer programming, cyber security, how to stay safe online, and other digital concepts and languages from community volunteer programmers.

  • Good for all proficiency levels – beginner to advanced
  • Bring your device. Laptops available to borrow on a first come/first serve basis
  • Parents/Adults must stay with their child for the duration of the event. This is a collaborative experience. We promise – adults will have fun,  too!

FREE for all K-12 girls, non-binary students, and their adult caregivers. However, you MUST register online as space is limited. 

Registration will open in April 2024.

Click here for additional registration information.

Free

Connectivity Resources
  • Computer Skills Classes
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free Computer Use
Amanda Jauregui Send email
(726) 444-0925
Updated within the last 1 month.

Jam in the Box kits allows you to bring our Community Code Jam to your school or community. A Community Code Jam is a hands-on workshop bringing together students, parents, and volunteer programmers to learn and grow with code. Imagine all of your students with their adults, elbow to elbow, in person, or a virtual environment as they solve super fun coding challenges and real-world problems.

We're excited to share our Jam in Box kits with schools, libraries, and after-school programs. Each box includes everything you need for an engaging and impactful family engagement event centered around coding for 250+ participants, online or in-person. And all of our coding activities and instructions have been translated into Spanish!

Application requirements: - Two educators (teachers/librarians) willing to spearhead the project and attend two virtual teacher professional development workshops - CPE credits included. - Commitment to host an in-person Jam in a Box event before the end of 2024, along with administrator support. - Agreement to use our surveys and return the data requested. Application must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm on May 12, 2024. *Youth Code Jam is a TEA-approved provider of CPE #902-492.

Click here to apply

Note: While priority will go to Title One schools in ESC Regions 1, 13, and 20, all teachers are welcome to apply in the event additional funding becomes available.

Connectivity Resources
  • Computer Skills Classes
Haley Brooke
Shelby Hughes
Updated within the last 1 month.
This program is active from March 1, 2024 until July 28, 2024

Promessa Academy Summer Coding Camp: Kinder - 2nd

In this fun, interactive camp, we get our future coders exposed to different coding concepts through hands-on, project-based learning.  During the one-week camp, your child will get to try out Finch Robots, block-based code on the computers, and more!  Our goal is to give your child the tools and confidence to use their imagination and creativity with code.

In this fun, interactive camp, we get our future coders to combine fun with interactive thinking and robotics.  Using the Finch Robots, students will explore visual programming and watch as machines process their code, turning ideas into reality, before their eyes!

Click here for registration for all camps.

Connectivity Resources
  • Computer Skills Classes
Brooke Haley
Shelby Hughes
Updated within the last 1 month.

Spurs Give has partnered with Youth Code Jam to bring a unique coding opportunity to young learners in San Antonio and beyond!

Throughout the year, Spurs Give will sponsor special coding camps for students in grades K-12. Instructors from Youth Code Jam will lead the students in fun but challenging activities that will introduce them to coding concepts and programming languages. Students will finish their camps with interactive programs to show off to their families and friends. Check out the Rebounder Scratch Project for an example of one of the camps.

Grades K-12.

Camps Align with School Breaks!

The Coyote Coding camps align with the school holidays listed below. Sign up for our newsletter to keep up with all of our programming.

Connectivity Resources
  • Computer Skills Classes
Brooke Haley
Updated within the last 1 month.

We're seeking passionate volunteers who are open-minded, creative, and eager to share their experiences with the next generation of leaders. Whether you're a professional programmer, a college coder, or a community member wanting to give back, we'd love to have you as part of our volunteer team!

Opportunities Include… Leading/Running an event station Translating and proofreading lessons and activities Becoming a volunteer instructor Providing event support and logistics assistance Serving as a mentor or a virtual coach Developing exciting new content for our K-12 learners Helping with administrative tasks and lesson plans

Click here to volunteer.

Haley Brooke
Shelby Hughes
Updated within the last 2 months.