Empowerment and connection through digital learning

Welcoming refugees into the community through tech and innovation

Our Mission

With the recent migrant crisis impacting Europe and the world on an unprecedented scale, our mission is to contribute to the process of integration of refugees into these communities through innovation and technology. Refugees face a number of tough challenges once their asylum status has been obtained, but one of the most critical and most burdensome problems for European nations medium to longer term will be that of economic integration through job opportunity. Our organization aims to tackle this by providing refugees with opportunities to learn and connect with through computer literacy and code. Through action and example, we hope to break down stereotypes about these individuals and highlight their potential for contributing to their host country.


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Our Core Values

Inclusion

Inclusion

We welcome everyone of all ages and backgrounds into our community! Our students—refugees and local—learn together side by side

Interchange

Interchange

We encourage active participation and contribution from each and every individual

Partnership

Partnership

We believe firmly in building a community through close partnerships on the ground

Our Objectives

Web development concepts

Teach fundamental concepts of computer literacy, web development and programming through easy, interactive methods and online platforms

Professional opportunities

Empower our participants with professional opportunities

Supportive community

Build a supportive community of individuals passionate about code and engaged in the tech community

Our Initiatives

Skill-building Programs

We have two main programs for skill-building: digital skills which focus on building up skills in computer literacy and digital communication, and code skills which focus on building skills in web development and programming.

Digital Skills

Developed in line with Digital Competence standards recognized at the European level and in reflection of the current demands for digital skills today, our digital skills program consists of a sequence of cumulative courses covering basic computer use to internet navigation and word processing/spreadsheet proficiency.

Do you want to gain valuable computer literacy skills to improve your professional skills or facilitate tasks in your daily life? Ready to learn and make new friends? Then sign up here to enroll in our digital skills program.

Code Skills

Our code skills program starts with basic concepts of web development—moving from HTML and CSS to JavaScript and beyond, and makes use of interactive online platforms and exercises adapted for participants of all backgrounds and learning abilities.

Want to learn the concepts necessary to create a website, discover the foundations of programming, and connect with others passionate about coding? Then sign up here to enroll in our code program.

Apprenticeship

In addition to teaching our students key technical skills, we connect them with their first professional opportunities, boosting their confidence and getting them a foot in the door to the professional world. Students keep learning while gaining experience and projects to showcase. Partners work with motivated students to grow and give back.

Digital Skills

Are you a company or organization with data processing, content services, or data analysis needs?

Code Skills

Are you a start-up, corporation, or organization that has web-development needs (i.e. need to develop a website or re-vamp your current website?)

Please contact us at partnerships@konexio.eu and we can send you our partnership information packet!

Mentorship and Coaching

Mentorship pairing between participants and professionals that includes formal and informal guidance on developing personal projects, setting career goals, and navigating professionally in the host community.

More information forthcoming.

Testimonials

Above all, a thousand and one thanks for all this help. There is a willingness and enthusiasm to help and share knowledge. I learned a lot in these workshops; and I avow that it will be useful for life! (translated from French) [Participant, Summer 2016]
They helped me discover code and the many opportunities. (translated from French) [Participant, Summer 2016]
These workshops have helped me to get deeper insight into web development. [Participant, Summer 2016]
It was a very good method that [helped] me [to] learn coding, which before I didn’t dare to do by my own. I would like to thank everyone who participated in making this workshop possible especially Dustin, Jean and Larissa. [Participant, Summer 2016]
Personally, they have helped me to have a foundation [in programming] that is an essential part of my master's degree right now. For those who want to master a good level of coding and who need practice and motivation, I recommend [the workshops]. (translated from French) [Maya, from Syria, Summer and Fall 2016]
We hope to continue the program, because we hope to not stop at 10 sessions. We are eager to learn and catch up! (translated from French) [Participant, Summer 2016]
Before I thought not everyone could learn how to design web sites because it seemed difficult for me, however thanks to [these] workshops I’ve discovered a lot such as the basics of web development, how to write HTML, how to style pages using CSS, and many other things concerning web design. I truly recommend this workshop to everyone. The workshops are perfectly organized and we absorb all the lessons with full understanding. I really run out of words to express how thankful and grateful I’m for all you have done for us. It’s wonderful that there are humanitarian[s] like you in this world! [Raed, Sudan, Summer and Fall 2016]

Team Konexio

Jean Guo

Founder

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Binta Jammeh

Program Director

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Jacqueline Bravo

Instructor, Digital

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Dustin Coates

Instructor, Code

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Denis Robert

Instructor, Digital

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Elise Hansen

Coordinator

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Iza Mmadi

Development, Funding

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Suliman Adulgadeir

Development, Partnerships

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Lorena Huang Liu

Development, Partnerships

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Megan Scoretz

Development, Funding

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Melissa Chuang

Social Media

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Frédéric Manceron

Strategy Advisor

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Call for Volunteers

We are currently looking for volunteers to join our efforts!

Guest Speakers and Instructors

Are you passionate about web development? Do you have coding projects or work as a developer? Come and share your experiences as a guest speaker!


Please fill out the questionnaire in the link provided here and we will follow up with you for more details.

Program coordination, partnership building and fund development

We need help with program coordination, funding efforts, and community partnership building. Fluency in French is a plus, but good communication skills in English and enthusiasm for the cause are all that's required.


Please fill out the questionnaire in the link provided here and we will follow up with you for more details.

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