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Testify: Alexis Jones puts her new Futures Fund coding skills to work

Updated: Aug 1, 2021

Alexis Jones used her Coding Boot Camp skills to build an impactful website for her job.

Coding Boot Camp benefits everyone. Not just IT workers, STEM specialists, or coding experts. Coding is a part of everyday life. It is what makes up our phone apps, television streaming services, and websites.

That is why it is so important for people of all backgrounds to develop coding skills. Futures Fund Coding Boot Camp student Alexis Jones is a stand-out student who has taken the skills she learned in the program and applied them to her professional career.

Headshot by FF Grad Samuel Bass and Felicia Braud

In addition to participating in Coding Boot Camp, the 27-year-old is a biologist in training in Baton Rouge. She was also recently promoted at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge to Family Selection Coordinator.

Walls Project spoke with Jones to learn more about her coding journey and how she combined her interests in nonprofit work and coding to create a functional project. Read below to see what she shares. If any of this sparks your interest, stop what you’re doing and register for our in-person boot camp today.

What motivated you to join Coding Boot Camp?

JONES: “I was motivated to join the Coding Boot Camp because I was looking for something that challenged me a little more and helped me fulfill my creative passions. Long-term, I hope that coding can provide me with a sustainable stream of income so that I can continue to live my best life while working in the non-profit sector.”

What do you aim to achieve through the program?

JONES: “I aim to achieve certification through the program. Additionally, I hope that the connections I've made throughout the Boot Camp go further than just these short 6 months and that my classmates, teachers, and I can continue to lift each other up personally and professionally.”

How can coding and website development work hand in hand with nonprofit work?

JONES: Coding and website development are incredibly essential to non-profit work, especially as the world continues to advance technologically. Whether it's updating websites at a lower rate or creating databases to target specific audiences, coding is extremely useful. When you get into more technical API work, we've seen that data generates millions and billions of dollars for the for-profit sector through marketing, so being able to translate that into nonprofit work is just as beneficial to generate leads for fundraising or finding new people to help.

Tell me about your Habitat for Humanity project. What inspired you to focus on the organization and what did you hope to accomplish by making a website for them?

JONES: I was inspired to make a new website for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge because our current website was a bit dated and lacked some functionality. My goal was to modernize our current website and make it a place that people could easily access the information they were looking for. I think I was able to do the modernization of the website, but I still need to add the functionality to it. Hopefully, in the future, I can actually publish the website and have my hard work put to good use.

View her Level 2 Capstone project on Habitat for Humanity here.

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