Empowering youth with computer programming education and professional experiences

Mission Bit programs are free, out of school, project based, taught by volunteer professional software engineers and tech entrepreneurs, integrated with industry experiences and offer professional advancement opportunities. Mission Bit education experiences are all-inclusive and ethnically and gender diverse. Mission Bit’s complementary programs create pathways for ‘limited access’ students to form connections with technology professionals and learn the skills, processes and technologies used by professional programmers.

Mission Bit's Pathway Model - The Programs

Semester Arc Classes

Classes, aligned with the public school calendar, that meet for two hours twice a week for thirteen weeks.

Launched Fall 2013
266 students. 37% female, 26% combined latino and african american, representing 14 of 17 SF public high schools

Paid Summer Internships

Paid summer internships in roles that require computer programming skills and experience at SF tech companies.

Launched Summer 2014
23% of 2014 spring semester students were placed into paid internships

The Hacker Lab

An open Hacker Space that serves as an entry point for new high school coders and an accelerant for active high school coders.

Launched Spring 2015

Student and Mentor Stories

"Passion Reflected"

"Changed Everything"

Why It Matters

  • 50% of San Francisco's public high schools do not offer any kind of computer science class.
  • Local businesses scour the globe for top talent, we want to provide more opportunities to our community.
  • Many skilled programmers would love to teach, but need an organization like Mission Bit to make it feasible.

What Makes Mission Bit Unique?

'What are you interested in building?'

Mission Bit programs start with this simple, yet powerful, question. From that starting point, Mission Bit mentors help students learn the technologies, processes and approaches, used on the job, to build products the students care about. This differs from the standard approach of teaching students what they should know and trying hard to make the instruction and lessons relevant to each individual student.

Supporting Partners

2014/2015 School Year

Hot Press

MissionBit’s Volunteer Hackers Close The Computer Science Education Gap In SF’s Schools

by Kim-Mai Cutler, Feb 5, 2014

"MissionBit brings in developers from the industry to teach pro-bono classes." Read More »

Disrupting the Classroom

by Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez, June 17, 2014

"There's a broken education pipeline between local schools and the tech sector, both sides admit. The new effort by Mission Bit and HackReactor may be a first step towards plugging the leak. If the program is successful, subsequent iterations may establish the first stable pathway to technology sector jobs for San Francisco students." Read More »

After-School Programs That Make a Difference

by Lainna Fader, Sept 9, 2014

"Mission Bit is a nonprofit offering free coding classes for public school students in San Francisco with priority given to girls and ethnic minorities." Read More »