Codetalk: The Mission
Codetalk’s Mission is to use technological education to transform the lives of women in need. Codetalk achieves this mission of empowering women through technology via an innovative program that teaches women the necessary technical and professional skills to attain jobs in technology. In just 15 weeks, participants learn foundational skills necessary to start work as a web development professional, develop a digital portfolio and gain the confidence to enter into a new career in web development.
Next Deadline for Applications: May 6, 2016
Codetalk is a 15-week immersive program held at the St. Joseph Center that equips participants with the skillset to pursue employment as entry-level web developers.
The program aims to empower women by guiding them toward financial stability through work in a growing field and aspires to increase the number of women working in technology and to bring more women into leadership roles.
The program runs Monday through Friday from 9am-1pm. Our students include students, single mothers, youth in transition, unemployed women, and women looking for a life change.
Students will work on individual and collaborative group projects, and will have a digital portfolio website by the end of the program. Students will also learn professional skills, including but not limited to, project planning, presentations and review, working with clients, and preparation for interviewing for tech jobs.
Featured guest speakers & lecturers. Past guest speakers from Fullscreen, BLITZ, Community Bank, Citrus Studios & TechCruit.
Job Placement Opportunities
Job placement assistance & guidance and individualized career counseling.
Online Student Portal
Online Student Portal with class materials and links to online resources, as well as community support system to help students succeed.
Professional development and social skills including resume feedback & interview skills.
Opportunities to work on real-world projects in collaboration with classmates in mock-work environment.
Creation of web portfolio to showcase work & projects completed during program.
Currently accepting applications for the next session starting May 16, 2016. Deadline for applications is May 6, 2016.
Dr. Va Lecia Adams KellumDr. Va Lecia Adams Kellum has been the Executive Director of St. Joseph Center in Venice since 2008. She also currently serves as the Chair of the Westside Shelter and Hunger Coalition, and for the last two years she has participated on the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Coordinating Council as the SPA 5 Representative. Dr. Adams Kellum was raised in Southern California and completed her Ph.D. at Stanford University.
Ilene ResnickIlene Resnick is a Los Angeles native and proud participant in the Santa Monica and West Los Angeles communities for the past 20 years. Currently she is on the Board of Directors for PS Arts, Crossroads School, and Young Storytellers Foundation. She also works with two of her brothers to give Foundation grants to non-profit organizations about Los Angeles.
Daryna YakushaDaryna Yakusha has worked everywhere, from games to fashion sites to tech startups. She is currently a Senior Front End Engineer at the Honest Company. Since she is a self-taught web developer with a 6 year career in the field, she is very passionate about the idea that there is a foundational skillset that can be taught and acquired quickly, which is exactly what Codetalk aims to do for its students.
Joseph AbrahamsJoseph Abrahams is the founder of TECHCRUIT, a Santa Monica based technical recruiting firm. A native of Santa Monica, he has worked in the technical recruiting industry since 2007. He is grateful for the opportunity to be part of a group dedicated to increasing the female population within engineering and present the career path to those who may recognize engineering as their passion.
Aliza Sorotzkin-Astrachan is a program manager, educator, nascent web designer and urban farmer. She has worked as relationship manager in global education business development and managed education-related programs in the 3D animation industry for over ten years. She is passionate about encouraging girls into coding and giving opportunities for women interested in learning web and software development. She’s really looking forward to the future of technology for women.
We invite collaboration and welcome trailblazing organizations to partner with us to lead underserved women to fields where they have the potential to excel. We are looking for mentorships, internships, potential website projects, and other partners.