LaunchCode
4811 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis MO 63108
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (314) 254-0107
Fax 314- 255-2394
Mission Statement

 LaunchCode is building a skilled workforce by creating pathways for driven people seeking careers in technology. We are helping jobseekers enter the tech field by providing accessible education, training, paid apprenticeship and job placement.

LaunchCode creates pathways to economic opportunity and upward mobility through apprenticeships and job placement in technology. We identify talented, driven individuals who lack the traditional credentials for a job in technology, assess them on their skill, aptitude, and drive, and offer mentorship and education programs to prepare them for full-time employment. We then place candidates into paid apprenticeships with a broad range of employers. Once placed, companies mentor the apprentices, and, if they determine that the candidate is a good fit, hire them permanently at the end of the program.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Jeff Mazur
Board Chair Mr. Jim McKelvey
Board Chair Company Affiliation Chairman and Co-founder of Square
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2014
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Donors can support LaunchCode's programs by making a donation at www.launchcode.org/donate.
 
LaunchCode invites members of the community to support our candidates through technical skills mentoring, job-readiness skills preparation, and workshops on career paths in technology. Sign up to volunteer at www.launchcode.org/volunteer.
 
1. Technical Skills Mentoring
Perfect for professional developers looking to give back. Help provide technical mentorship to our candidates in the classroom, at meetups, or one-on-one. We have a wide variety of opportunities for you to engage with students depending on your interests and availability.
2. Job Readiness Mentoring
Beyond teaching technical skills, LaunchCode helps candidates develop their interview and job readiness skills. This includes volunteer opportunities such as:
   Resume Reviews
   Professionalism Coaching
   Mock Interviews
3. Special Events
LaunchCode hosts a wide variety of events such as meetups, networking events, and parties, which often require volunteers to help with setup and logistics. This can be a great way to learn more about LaunchCode, and get an inside look at our programs and opportunities.
 
Join us September 26, 2019 for our GeekGala Fundraiser and Celebration!
 
For more info about this event or to purchase tickets email Kathy McCadden at kathy@launchcode.org 
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement

 LaunchCode is building a skilled workforce by creating pathways for driven people seeking careers in technology. We are helping jobseekers enter the tech field by providing accessible education, training, paid apprenticeship and job placement.

LaunchCode creates pathways to economic opportunity and upward mobility through apprenticeships and job placement in technology. We identify talented, driven individuals who lack the traditional credentials for a job in technology, assess them on their skill, aptitude, and drive, and offer mentorship and education programs to prepare them for full-time employment. We then place candidates into paid apprenticeships with a broad range of employers. Once placed, companies mentor the apprentices, and, if they determine that the candidate is a good fit, hire them permanently at the end of the program.
Background Statement

 Entrepreneur Jim McKelvey founded LaunchCode in St. Louis in 2013 after realizing that disadvantaged job seekers lacked access to the training to quickly, effectively, and affordably develop programming skills for technology jobs. When co-founding the company Square, McKelvey encountered a frustrating barrier to growth in his hometown: there were not enough programmers to build the payment platform, yet struggling jobseekers couldn't afford the training needed to enter the high-paying field.

After establishing its training and placement model in St. Louis, LaunchCode has expanded to serve cities with an existing tech talent gap and a similar need for training services. Currently, LaunchCode is adding to the tech talent pipeline in St. Louis, Kansas City, Tampa Bay & South Florida, and we are beginning to cultivate our presence in Memphis and Washington D.C.
 
Since LaunchCode was founded in 2013, we have helped launch 1,850 tech careers nationwide, 1,326 of which were the result of our Apprenticeship Program, and 524 of which were the result of students taking the skills they've gained through our educational programming and finding careers on their own.
Impact Statement

 In 2018 we worked on expanding education and employment programs that help level to create equitable access. Our flagship course is LC101, an accelerated training program which meets for two 3-hour evening classes per week for 20 weeks. LC101 helps learners who may have no previous exposure to coding master the fundamentals of code, learn to build web applications, and specialize in a skill in high demand in the local job market.

In 2018 we taught 1,658 individuals coding skills through comprehensive, job focused courses, landed 344 people new jobs in tech with an average starting salary of $55,000 at 100 hiring company partners in 9 locations across the US! After 2018 we have educated 5,100 individuals nationwide.
 
We also built out our LiftOff job-readiness program to help bridge the gap between graduation and employment with things like resume reviews, mock interviews, live coding practice, and portfolio help. We held our first class in North St. Louis County, began classes near bases for current and veteran military members and their families, and began teaching in Washington D.C. and Minneapolis. We’re working with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education on plans to introduce students to a wide variety of STEM careers and technology through standardized curriculum.
 
In 2019 LaunchCode is looking to develop a new course curriculum to adapt with current industry needs and best equip students for success in tech. To this end while LaunchCode is working to develop a better network of support for students and apprentices. Mentoring students to enable their success will be achieved by taking advantage of specialized training for Teaching Instructors/Fellows as well as providing access to a nationwide network of LaunchCoders. For Kansas City in 2019, LaunchCode is utilizing the support of the Kauffman Foundation and Rockhurst University to continue offering LC101 and Liftoff career readiness training as part of its KC Inclusive Tech Career Initiative.
Needs Statement

 To grow our success in Kansas City, LaunchCode is actively pursuing the following:

  • Continuing to establish company partners for our apprenticeship program. As we continue to grow our education programs in KC we are partnering with more companies to place skilled candidates into companies where they can fill a need. This is a time intensive process as we develop relationships, communicating what LaunchCode's mission and capacity for facilitating growth.
  • We are working to communicate what the LaunchCode brand and mission are in the Kansas City community and market. As a developing hub for LaunchCode, there is an uphill effort to build the relationship of trust and community that LaunchCode has developed in other markets through quality education and candidate care.
  • Coverage in local digital, print, and broadcast media to spread the word about our job training and placement services to aspiring coders and local companies seeking to hire tech talent. Additionally, our company relations team is constantly working to find more company partners to serve the company and the growing number of trained LaunchCoders in Kansas City
  • Funding to advance our Kansas City operations by supporting staff salary and benefits, facilities, supplies, and program administration.
  • Volunteers to serve as technical mentors for LaunchCode students and candidates and to participate in job-readiness programming including resume reviews, mock interviews, and professional development workshops on emerging topics in tech.
Service Categories
Employment Preparation & Procurement
Adult Education
Computer Science
Areas of Service
MO
FL
Geographic Area Served Narrative LaunchCode has operations in Missouri reaching the St. Louis and Kansas City metro areas, as well as in Florida in the Tampa Bay metro area and South Florida.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement LaunchCode’s successes include:
  • Building Pathways to Upward Mobility - LaunchCode creates economic opportunity by helping people access good-paying jobs in the high-growth tech sector. Before working with LaunchCode, 57% of all apprentices were previously unemployed, and 70% earned less than $30,000 per year. After an average of three months, 4 in 5 apprentices are hired into full-time positions with a median starting salary of nearly $50,000.
  • Opening Doors to Educational Access - LaunchCode provides free, high-quality, in-person classes and mentorship programs to help adults with no previous coding experience gain the skills for entry-level jobs in tech. These services enable a diverse group of people to develop technology skills; half of our students do not have a bachelor’s degree and 52% identify as people of color.
  • Closing the Tech Talent Gap - The U.S. Department of Labor projects that one million programming jobs will go unfilled by 2020 due to lack of trained workers. LaunchCode’s model of training and job placement offers a scalable remedy for this tech talent gap. In less than four years, LaunchCode has helped add 685 new workers to the tech industry and provided high-quality coding education to over 3,500 adults.
  • Creating Jobs and Growing Local Economies - Connecting hardworking jobseekers to well-paying, highly productive tech jobs also supports the creation of more jobs in the local economy. A study by Google estimated that 4.3 additional jobs are created in the local economy for each new tech job added (compared to 1.4 additional jobs for each manufacturing job).
 
LaunchCode is addressing the following challenges: 
  • Many people interested in tech careers need training and mentorship to become job-ready. Accordingly, we invest in educational programs and make offering free coding classes and mentorship programs a core part of our work.
  • Establishing a partnership with a new company is time-intensive, so we have increased our focus on increasing the number of apprentices we place at each current company partner to open up more opportunities more quickly.
  • Learning to code is challenging work, and not all students who begin a class are able to finish. We constantly refine our curriculum and class structure to provide students with more support and increase course completion rates.
Programs
Description LaunchCode’s innovative apprenticeship model creates a new pathway for people to enter the tech industry. We place people with valuable tech skills and the drive to learn more into paid apprenticeships with our partner companies. The company mentors the apprentices during a trial period of a few months and, if they determine that they are a good fit, hire them full-time. Our model creates an alternative job training and placement opportunity that helps people from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences land a full-time job in technology, while also providing companies a new way to access tech talent. LaunchCode uses targeted marketing and outreach through community partners to ensure women and people of color, two groups that are underrepresented in tech fields, are represented in our programs.
Category Employment, General/Other Apprenticeships
Population Served Adults
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success LaunchCode orients our clients to careers in the tech sector, helping them gain an understanding of the various jobs in tech that are available and skills they will need to land them. Furthermore, we assess clients’ current skill level and help those who are not yet job-ready develop a learning plan and connect to the resources they need to execute it, including LaunchCode’s education and mentorship programs as well as online resources. LaunchCode apprentices gain on-the-job training and mentorship that advances their skills and improves their ability to secure long-term employment in the technology industry. They will be paid $20/hour during the apprenticeship, and more than 4 out of 5 are subsequently hired on by their company into a full-time role.
Long-Term Success The ultimate goal for LaunchCode’s students and apprentices is to gain full-time employment in the tech sector. LaunchCode helps people develop highly marketable coding skills which prepare them for entry-level tech jobs – jobs that put them on the path to a lifelong career in technology. Apprentices hired full-time dramatically improve their prospects for upward mobility, long-term financial security, and continued employment in the tech industry. While more than half of our candidates were previously unemployed, 4 in 5 are hired full-time with a median salary of $49,268, adding significant economic value to their families and communities.
Program Success Monitored By
We measure the success of our programs based on the number of candidates placed into apprenticeships, the number of apprentices who are hired into full-time positions, and the proportion of partner companies who bring on multiple LaunchCode apprentices. To track applicants to the apprenticeship program, we use an internal digital platform that consolidates a profile on each candidate and records their interviews with companies, placement into an apprenticeship, and whether they are hired on full-time. We communicate with apprentices and companies using both phone calls and automated surveys throughout the apprenticeship period to ensure both parties are satisfied with the arrangement and are achieving the desired results.
Examples of Program Success
Omar started learning programming in high school and continued his learning at community college while working as a waiter, cook and delivery driver. He worked in technical support and built a customer ticket system to streamline service. LaunchCode placed him in an apprenticeship at ESolutions, and the company hired him on as a full-time Junior Developer after three months.
 
Ad Astra is a software and professional services startup in Kansas City seeking to transform higher education and industry. In the last 18 months Ad Astra has hired 3 LaunchCode graduates. For Ad Astra, "LaunchCode has been a godsend—[offering] a steady supply of reliably competent and hungry candidates." LaunchCode works with Ad Astra to assist graduates as they transition into roles that foster the economy and the tech industry in Kansas City.
Description LaunchCode’s LC101, Code Camp and CoderGirl training courses take candidates from being inexperienced to proficient in the coding skills needed to land their first programming job. LC101 is a 20-week part-time class delivered to 100-150 students, CodeCamp is a full-time, 14-week program for 30-40 students, and CoderGirl is a year-long once-a-week course for 100-150 students who identify as female. In these classes, our students gain in-demand skills to build their first technical programming projects.
Category Employment, General/Other Job Training & Employment
Population Served Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated
Short-Term Success
LaunchCode orients our clients to careers in the tech sector, helping them gain an understanding of the various jobs in tech that are available and skills they will need to land them. Furthermore, we assess clients’ current skill level and help those who are not yet job-ready develop a learning plan and connect to the resources they need to execute it, including LaunchCode’s education and mentorship programs as well as online resources. LaunchCode apprentices gain on-the-job training and mentorship that advances their skills and improves their ability to secure long-term employment in the technology industry. They will be paid $15/hour during the apprenticeship, and more than 4 out of 5 are subsequently hired on by their company into a full-time role.
Long-Term Success The ultimate goal for LaunchCode’s students and apprentices is to gain full-time employment in the tech sector. LaunchCode helps people develop highly marketable coding skills which prepare them for entry-level tech jobs – jobs that put them on the path to a lifelong career in technology. Apprentices hired full-time dramatically improve their prospects for upward mobility, long-term financial security, and continued employment in the tech industry. While more than half of our candidates were previously unemployed, 4 in 5 are hired full-time with a median salary of $49,268, adding significant economic value to their families and communities.
Program Success Monitored By We measure the success of our programs based on the number of candidates placed into apprenticeships, the number of apprentices who are hired into full-time positions, and the proportion of partner companies who bring on multiple LaunchCode apprentices. To track applicants to the apprenticeship program, we use an internal digital platform that consolidates a profile on each candidate and records their interviews with companies, placement into an apprenticeship, and whether they are hired on full-time. We communicate with apprentices and companies using both phone calls and automated surveys throughout the apprenticeship period to ensure both parties are satisfied with the arrangement and are achieving the desired results.
Examples of Program Success Brad, a former teacher, needed to find a new career that could provide for his growing family. He looked into a lot of different career possibilities, but anything he found compelling had large financial barriers to entry. Then a friend in programming told him about LaunchCode. Brad thought LaunchCode could be a stepping stone into something else. LaunchCode has “opened up other possibilities for [him].” After completing LC101 Brad is excelling in an apprenticeship at VML, is able to spend more time with his family, and can provide a stable life for them, including a new baby due in July.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Jeff Mazur
Term Start Aug 2017
Experience Jeff oversees LaunchCode as it builds the tech workforce in markets across the U.S. by providing free, high-quality skilling and job placement to driven individuals who lack typical credentials. Previously, Jeff served as Executive Director of the Missouri-Kansas affiliate of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, and as Senior Adviser to Missouri Governor Jay Nixon. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia and the Georgetown University Law Center. He lives in St. Louis with his wife Mindy and twin daughters.
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Brendan LindSept 2013 - Sept 2016
Senior Staff
Title Director of Public Partnerships
Title VP of Donor Relations
Title Director of People Operations
Title VP of Finance
Title VP of Growth
Title VP of Marketing and Design
Title Chief Programs Officer
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 44
Paid Part-Time Staff 2
Volunteers 76
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 51
Male 49
Formal Evaluations
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Semi-Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Semi-Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Collaborations
LaunchCode builds partnerships with local educational institutions to promote our programs among their students and alumni and deliver coding classes. Last year, LaunchCode's first free coding class in Kansas City was held on the campus of UMKC and was taught by several UMKC-affiliated instructors and teaching assistants. 
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Jim McKelvey
Company Affiliation Chairman and Co-founder of Square
Term Nov 2014 to
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. John BeattySenior Vice President and CHRO, BJC HealthCare
Ms. Holly Benson‎President & CEO, Health Care Enterprises, Centene
Ms. Robin CarnahanDirector of State and Local Practice at 18F and former Missouri Secretary of State
Mr. Michael GallagherManaging Director at Accenture
Ms. Everett JohnsonSenior Director and Principal of Business Solutions Development, Edward Jones
Ms. Sarah MayerSenior Director BDS Operations Architecture, Capabilities & Systems, Boeing
Mr. Timothy McFaddenShareholder, Polsinelli
Mr. Jim McKelveyDirector and Co-founder at Square
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Governance
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
CEO Comments          
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $11,202,016
Projected Expenses $11,201,882
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$1,347,909$1,324,643$1,936,719
Government Contributions$1,661,092$1,245,349$553,413
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$1,661,092$1,245,349$553,413
Individual Contributions------
----$0
$3,723,696$1,566,674$1,171,593
Investment Income, Net of Losses($1,294)($587)$0
Membership Dues----$0
Special Events$25,312$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$64,214$20,066$18,925
Other$9,520$6,541$16,857
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$4,514,014$3,393,157$1,536,054
Administration Expense$679,215$572,614$478,856
Fundraising Expense$388,055$343,239$195,347
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.210.961.67
Program Expense/Total Expenses81%79%69%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$2,871,338$1,647,249$1,825,100
Current Assets$2,850,361$1,615,186$1,743,004
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$246,083$187,698$199,159
Total Net Assets$2,625,255$1,459,551$1,625,941
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities11.588.618.75
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Anonymous $947,180Anonymous $1,060,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Anonymous $376,535Anonymous $553,413
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Anonymous $329,795Anonymous $200,000
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Other Documents
2018 Annual Impact Report2018View
2017 Annual Impact Report2017View
Organization Name LaunchCode
Address 4811 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108
Primary Phone (314) 254-0107
Contact Email info@launchcode.org
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Jeff Mazur
Board Chair Mr. Jim McKelvey
Board Chair Company Affiliation Chairman and Co-founder of Square
Year of Incorporation 2014