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App-a-thon Computer Science Mentor

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ORGANIZATION: Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metropolitan Area

  • 14 people are interested

Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland will be providing a free Saturday App-a-thon event on November 7, 2015. The goal of the event is to engage youth who otherwise would not have exposure to computer science. This event will provide attendees with an opportunity to learn, explore, and create with computers. We are looking for volunteers to lead and facilitate small teams of youth aged 9-14.


  • Provide a welcoming and inclusive environment that inspires a diverse group of youth to learn, explore, and create with computers

  • Mentor one or two teams of around three youth each, guiding them through the process of creating a web application using MIT App Inventor

  • Provide leadership and expertise while promoting collaboration, creativity, and experimentation to create a finished blueprint and web application by the end of the event


  • Background in computer science - no prior experience with App Inventor needed

  • Willingness to lead a team of youth and provide guidance in critical thinking and problem-solving skills

  • Passion for encouraging youth to explore with technology


  • Spend a few hours exploring MIT App Inventor to become familiar with it. MIT App Inventor utilizes a user-friendly block-based coding language and was designed as an educational programming tool for youth. We will provide resources and guidance.

  • Schedule a brief training before the event.

  • Support kids in the creation of their app ideas on the day of the event.


  • Lunch and refreshments provided

  • Experience working with youth in a leadership position

  • Help inspire the next generation of Portland’s tech community!

Success in this position looks like:

  • Youth feel a sense of belonging and success in computer science. Volunteer and teams will have a sense of pride in creating a finished blueprint and web application using MIT App Inventor. Results of event will be showcased in a project fair at the end of the event.

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About Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metropolitan Area


8203 7th Ave Suite 100, Portland, OR 97202, US

Mission Statement

To empower all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as caring, engaged, responsible community members.


Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metropolitan Area is a youth development organization for kids from 6-18 years of age. We have five Clubs in the greater Portland Metro area, as well as school-based extensions in the Reynolds and N. Clackamas School Districts. We serve over 8,000 kids annually with after-school and summer programs.

Our core program areas are:
Character & Leadership
Education & Career
Health & Life Skills
The Arts
Sports, Fitness & Recreation


Children & Youth
Computers & Technology
Education & Literacy
Children & Youth, Computers & Technology, Education & Literacy


Sat Nov 07, 2015
09:00 AM - 04:00 PM


Blazers Boys & Girls Club5250 NE MLK, Jr. Blvd.Portland, OR 97211


  • Website Programming
  • Youth Services
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Mobile Programming
  • Software Development
  • STEM




  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 7 hours at event
  • ~1-2 hours at home to explore App Inventor and a brief training on working with youth and safety

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