Youth Code Jam

San Antonio, TX | February 2021

In 2020, Conn’s Cares joined Spurs Sports & Entertainment to support Youth Code Jam – making coding fun, sociable and accessible to kids from 7 to 17. Together, Conn’s HomePlus and Spurs Sports & Entertainment partnered with Hewlett Packard (HP) to donate more than $33,000 in laptop computers to build environments where all students can be successful, creative problemsolvers with code.

Youth Code Jam provides innovative, impactful and family-focused out-of-school time, hands-on computing programs for K-12 students as well as teacher professional development designed to bring computer science to every school and every classroom. This work is accomplished by changing the narrative from “teaching kids to code” to creating environments where all students can be successful, creative problem solvers with code.

“We are honored to see our CoderPals celebrated in this way. They are truly dedicated to their community, and it leaves me so hopeful for our future,” said Debi Pfitzenmaier, Executive Director of Youth Code Jam at the time of the donation. “Support from organizations like Conn’s HomePlus and Spurs Give helps us move forward the mission of increasing access, broadening participation and empowering students with the computer skills they need to participate fully, solve problems and shape their worlds in our increasingly digital society.”

“We are honored to partner with Conn’s HomePlus in giving back and highlighting Youth Code Jam and their remarkable work in our community. Spurs Give is on a mission to empower San Antonio’s next generation,” said Jennifer Regnier, Director of Spurs Give at the time of the donation. “It is crucial we invest in our youth by giving them easy and affordable access to technology and STEM-related programs and we hope to inspire our community to get involved through programs like Youth Code Jam.”