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Meet Travis Reeves of Kids Next Code in Midtown Atlanta

Today we’d like to introduce you to Travis Reeves.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Travis. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I am an IT consultant and founder of Kids Next Code LLC. I graduated from GA Southern University in 2010 with a degree in Information Technology and I graduated from Central Michigan University with an MBA in 2013. I have worked in IT for over nine years with various companies such as SunTrust, Coca-Cola Enterprises, the Georgia Lottery, and Fulton County schools.

Technology, education, and entrepreneurship has always been what I am most passionate about. Growing up in Clayton County, I wasn’t exposed to these type programs throughout my childhood. As a matter of fact, I didn’t see my first line of code until I got to college. A lot of students when I got to college had already been exposed to coding. This is what propelled me to start Kids Next Code. I wanted an opportunity for students who didn’t receive the same exposure to technology growing up a chance at evening the playing fields.

Kids Next Code is an opportunity for me to leverage my passion I have for technology, education, and entrepreneurship while simultaneously impacting the lives of the youth in our community who need these skills to be competitive in a tech-driven society.

I started Kids Next Code in January of 2016. Organization is geared towards exposing students in deprived areas to technology and S.T.E.M. related courses such as coding, web design, mobile app design, robotics, and engineering. Since 2016, I’ve taught STEM related courses such as coding and robotics to over 300 kids and 150 adults in Georgia. We provide classes for students ages 5-18. These classes consist of Kids Tech Day, coding workshops, and we also offer 4 to 8 week programs. We also provide adult classes such as Brunch and Learn and Sip and Code in which we teach web design and mobile app design to adults. Kids Next Code has partnered with various organizations in Georgia such as Clayton County Library Branch, Fulton County Library Branch, Tech Time Academy, Ivy Prep Academy, Riverdale Town Center, Spelman College to host coding workshops for kids, teens, and adults. Kids Next Code has been featured on 1380 WAOK radio, V-103, CBS46

What’s Next?
Establish partnerships with other entrepreneurs so I can extend the technology services offered to students.
Extend the program outside of Georgia to other low-income communities nationwide.
Partner with elementary, middle school, and high school programs.
Receive grants and funding.

To learn more about my Kids Coding Program, you can visit my website at www.kidsnextcode.com and check out my CBS interview:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rg9JOT6voGY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0Zf1HQk_ZA

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Some of the challenges initially was getting in the door to some of the organizations such as Riverdale Town Center, parks and recreations, etc. without having a teaching certification. I had to prove my self to organizations initially that I could teach coding in a way that engaged the students and in a way where they could also follow the material. Other struggles have been continuing to stay current. Technology is always changing, so staying current on software that is out there in the market that I can implement as part of my curriculum.

When teaching students, especially with a wide age range of 5-18, you always want to make sure that your curriculum can be catered towards all age groups. Sometimes it can be challenging, but I’ve been able to find that balance now after doing the program for over three years.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Kids Next Code story. Tell us more about the business.
Kids Next Code provides technology and S.T.E.M. related classes to students in deprived areas nationwide. The program started in Riverdale, Georgia and since then we’ve expanded the classes throughout Atlanta. We offer the following classes: Intro to WebDesign; Intro to Mobile App Design; Robotics & Engineering, Intermediate Web Design.

What sets us apart from others is the teaching style and the interactive learning. We provide students with take home study guides and learning materials and we make the class easy to follow along.

As a company, I’m most proud of the growth throughout the years. Every year, we’ve been able to grow and build our partnerships and extend the classes we offer. We are also extending outside of Georgia and have an upcoming Kids Tech Day in New York City March 9th.

Contact Info:

  • Website: www.kidsnextcode.com
  • Phone: 4044142520
  • Email: travis@kidsnextcode.com
  • Instagram: kidsnextcode
  • Facebook: kidsnextcode
  • Twitter: kidsnextcode

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