Tag: Debi Pfitzenmaier

Youth Code Jam Scales For Greater Coding Impact
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Youth Code Jam Scales For Greater Coding Impact

Inspiring young people to learn how to code can be a challenge, but that did not stop Debi Pfitzenmaier and many volunteers over the years from organizing fun, free family events to introduce children to computer coding. That effort became Youth Code Jam, a nonprofit organization Pfitzenmaier founded in 2016 to inspire students to do more than play on computers—they learn new skills like Java, Scratch, and how to program robots.At free events and paid camps, children aged 7 to 17 learn to “talk” to computers and get them to do what they want them to do. Youth Code Jam’s goals are twofold:  to teach each computational thinking as a problem-solving methodology and to inspire students to pursue computer science and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. Pfitzenmaier ...
Youth Code Jam Pitch Perfect at Philanthropitch San Antonio
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Youth Code Jam Pitch Perfect at Philanthropitch San Antonio

Six finalists took turns pitching innovative solutions to local community challenges Tuesday evening at the Tobin Center. The judges and audience listened as each spoke about their respective social impact venture at Philanthropitch, a fast-pitch event that connects nonprofits with mentors and capital to help them scale to sustainable funding models. A panel of investors donate their own money, then decide how it should be distributed among the finalists. All ticket proceeds from the event go to the nonprofit that wins the "audience's choice" award.Of the $110,000 available from a combination of awards from sponsors, judges, and the audience’s choice, one founder garnered almost half the event’s amount. Debi Pfitzenmaier, CEO of Youth Code Jam had collected eight different checks total...