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- C4Q (Coalition for Queens)
- the Coalition
- Queens Coalition
- Coalition 4 Queens
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Mission and Vision
C4Q creates pathways out of poverty through technology to transform the world’s most diverse community into a leading hub for innovation and entrepreneurship. We believe that people from every community and background—across ethnicity, gender, and socio-economic background—should have the opportunity to learn to code, gain jobs in tech, and create companies of the future.
Our Measurable Impact
We teach adults who are living in poverty and who do not have college degrees to code, help them gain software engineering jobs, and support them to become entrepreneurs. In under a year, our graduates go from making $18,000 to over $85,000 post-program, going from poverty to the middle class in the process. Our graduates are working at leading companies such as Pinterest, Kickstarter, LinkedIn, Jet, and JPMorgan Chase. Participants are representative of the diversity of the NYC community with over 50% women, 60% African American or Hispanic, 50% immigrant, and 50% without a college education. Our programs are free so that we can reach the neediest audiences. With tens of millions of working poor and increasing blue-collar job loss due to automation and technology, we want to transform adult education to help more people achieve economic self-sufficiency and create a diverse tech community representative of America.
Best-in-class Partners & Team
C4Q is a social enterprise startup backed by leaders across technology, business, and philanthropy. We are supported by the Robin Hood Foundation, Google for Entrepreneurs, Blackstone, Salesforce, Guggenheim Partners, and BlackRock. Our volunteers include leading technologists and experts from companies such as Google, Facebook, Artsy, Dropbox, and LinkedIn.
Diversity of experiences, perspectives, skills, and cultures is core to our mission and team. Our staff brings expertise and leadership across multiple sectors and industries: graduates of Harvard Business School and Wharton; previous Bain & Company and Bridgewater Associates; experience launching the national #GivingTuesday campaign; and engineers from NYTimes, Uber, Google.
Opportunity for Growth
C4Q is a rapidly growing startup that’s scaling to make national impact. Founded in 2011, C4Q has doubled in budget and staff each year over the past 4 years. Just three years ago we had only two employees. We are currently a team of 20 and anticipate doubling our team to 40 this year. In addition to scaling funding and staff, we are investing in scaling complexity as we tackle important challenges in our community.
We want to scale our success nationally. We are creating a non-philanthropic financing model that aligns program performance with financial results. We have raised our first round of funds from social impact investors where they gain a modest financial return based on the results of our student outcomes. We believe this can be a financial template that opens up pools of capital beyond philanthropy and will enable us to serve communities and cities across America.
C4Q creates pathways out of poverty through technology. We believe that people from every community and background—across ethnicity, gender, and socio-economic background—should have the opportunity to gain jobs in tech. We teach adults who are living in poverty and who do not have college degrees to code, help them gain software engineering jobs, and support them to become entrepreneurs.
In under a year, our graduates go from making $18,000 to over $85,000 post-program, working at leading companies such as Pinterest, Kickstarter, and LinkedIn. This success has largely been catalyzed by our incredible supporters, including Robin Hood Foundation, Google for Entrepreneurs, Blackstone, Salesforce, Guggenheim Partners, and BlackRock.
Mission (one sentence)
C4Q creates pathways out of poverty through technology.
About Access Code
C4Q’s Access Code program teaches coding and professional skills to talented adults from diverse and low-income backgrounds. Our 10-month program prepares individuals for software engineering jobs at companies like Kickstarter, Capital One, and IBM. Graduates have gone from making $18,000 to over $85,000 a year on average.