Volunteering

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with the mission to serve those who served, Code Platoon is almost entirely comprised of volunteers from the ground-up. Experience of our team members ranges from years to decades.

Get involved

  • Individuals can apply to any of the immediate openings described below.
  • Organizations should contact Rod Levy to learn more about options.

 

If you are a software developer, or a project manager, then one of the 3 roles below could be for you: Teaching Assistant, Mentor, and Capstone Project Lead.  If you otherwise have a passion for serving the veteran community, additional roles are available.

Code Platoon Ambassador

CP Ambassadors play a critical role in helping senior leaders at companies learn about how to support Code Platoon.

Learn more here.

 

Teaching Assistant

 

 

 

Teaching Assistants typically come on site (although we do have a couple that are remote) and help any student who is there with their assignments.

Time Commitment:

  • Evening: 2 hour time slot, same day, every week, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, for the 14 week session
  • Weekend: 2 – 3 hour time slot, Saturday, middle of the day (you pick exact hours), for 14 week session
  • Daytime: morning, 8am to noon, or afternoon, 1pm to 5pm. You pick the day(s). Minimum 4 week commitment.

Location: 73 West Monroe, Suite 303, Chicago IL  60603

Mentoring

Time Requirement: 2 – 4 hours Month

Location: 73 West Monroe, Suite 303, Chicago, IL 60603

Mentors at Code Platoon play a very important and specific role for our Veteran students. The goal of the mentor is to become a trusted advisor to the Veteran as he or she discovers the profession of software development. Our students typically have no background whatsoever in programming, and need someone to help them figure it out!

If I am a Mentor, what do I need to do?
First month of Code Platoon:

After you are paired with your mentee, you will meet 3 to 4 times, over the first month. Ideally, you meet in person, for an hour or so, and preferably at Code Platoon. You and your mentee will pick the time and location, but generally it will be after 5pm, and usually on a day that works for the Mentor.

Next 10 weeks:

Meet 2 – 4 times a month, in person, video chat, Slack, or whatever works for both of you.

Ok, but what do we “do” as Mentors?
  • Help them with their project work (you will get a link to the class repo)
  • Answer their questions about life as a dev, career planning, how teams work, anything at all
  • Show them your work, your projects, your office, your story
  • Play coding games. Ruby Warrior?
Grant Writer

 

 

The grant writer does not need any experience in grant-writing, or experience with Veterans. He or she will need good writing and research skills to identify and apply for appropriate grant opportunities.

We have a grant calendar, and some training for this position.

Part time (10 to 20 hours a week), remote.

 

Thank you to the following organizations for your commitment of time, energy and expertise:

Train to be a developer

Get the skills for a new career. Code Platoon is an immersive coding boot camp that teaches veterans and military spouses everything they need to know to become a full-stack developer.