About Prenda Code Club

Mission: Empower Learners

Our Story

In 2013, we launched an experiment to find out if 8-year-olds could teach themselves computer programming. We started a Code Club at the public library in Mesa, Arizona, put up some posters, and by the second week we had more young coders than we could fit in the computer lab. One fundraiser, a couple news articles and a few months later, we were working with 40-50 kids each week and expanding to other libraries.

We eventually made the decision to begin writing software that could take what we were doing in our local code club and expand it for other libraries. After getting some early traction with grants through the Arizona State Library, Utah State Library, and Institute for Museum and Library Services, we expanded our software offering to serve not only after school code clubs, but self-guided independent learning. 

Hear Kelly tell the story:

Eventually, Kelly took everything we were learning from running code clubs, an expanded the learning model to math, science, and reading, and Prenda School was birthed. Though Prenda School and Prenda Code Club servce different communities, we are joined by a common mission; to empower learners

Leadership

Luke Miller

Luke Miller

Head of Code Club

Kelly Smith

Kelly Smith

Founder

Andy Jennings

Andy Jennings

Co-Founder and CTO