Code Ignite volunteers make a tangible and positive impact on the lives of Nashville youth while gaining valuable teaching experience in the field of computer science.Code Ignite is staffed entirely by Vanderbilt students, and none of our programs would be possible without the hard work of our volunteer teaching teams. Here are a few reasons why volunteering with us is worth your time. 

volunteers meet with upperclassmen in their field at the 2016 code ignite mentorship event

volunteers meet with upperclassmen in their field at the 2016 code ignite mentorship event

1. Teach and inspire young students with the power of code. 

Computer science is the fastest-growing industry in the world, and learning to code opens doors to countless career opportunities. Further, the creativity and problem-solving skills used in writing code are tools that will help students to succeed for the rest of their academic careers - and beyond! Learn more about why we believe everyone should have the opportunity to learn how to code. 

2. Join a network of passionate computer scientists, engineers, teachers, and professionals.

Code Ignite teaching teams are made up of talented software designers, educators, research lab workers, ex-Google interns, and more! Volunteering with Code Ignite allows you to make connections with other students in your field, so if you need internship advice, class recommendations, or a bit of help on that difficult programming assignment, you'll always have someone to turn to. Further, Code Ignite hosts a computer science mentorship event each semester where volunteers can socialize with and seek advice from their peers!

3. Brush up on your computer science skills - or learn to code alongside students!

Experts in educational psychology have proven that the best way to learn something is to teach it! Whether you're a coding novice or a seasoned pro, explaining the basic of computer science to young students can be a great way to tighten up your conceptual grasp of the subject. And you've never written a line of code in your life before, volunteering is a great way to dive in! We assign volunteer sites carefully so that each team is made up of a few experts and a few novices, so you'll always have someone to back you up. Volunteering with Code Ignite is a fun and low-stakes way to try your hand at coding.