Global Communications Academy Students Build Apps for Local Non-profits

Global Communications Academy Students Build Apps for Local Non-profits

Global Communications Academy, in partnership with CIGNA, Random Hacks of Kindness, Jr., and select Hartford non-profits hosted Kids Coding for a Cause on November 14, 2018..

Kids Coding for a Cause brings together Hartford students, technology mentors from local
businesses, and local nonprofit organizations to solve community problems using mobile

The program was designed by Patrice Gans, founder of Random Hacks of Kindness, Jr., and was hosted at Global by John Tusch, AP Computer Science teacher. The program is funded through a generous grant from CIGNA, and several CIGNA Information Technology employees, Maegan Dyakiw, Scott Cote, Tynia Cooper, Alan Schwartz, Prachi Shah, and Lauren Signor, served as technology mentors for the day.

Patrice Gans, founder of Random Hacks of Kindness, Jr. (right) helps students code the app for Hartford Knights.

Each nonprofit brings a problem or a challenge to the event. Hartford students and mentors
from the business community work together to create a new app that addresses that challenge.

The participants will build apps that are as creative as the students themselves. In past events,
students have created apps that teach drug prevention, service families with autistic children,
promoted “Intentional Kindness,” engaged kids with arts and sports programs, and the list goes


Student participants were selected from the seventh and eighth grade at Global. They worked
with student leaders from Global High School and engineers from CIGNA to design the apps.

This year’s nonprofit participants and the apps the students built included:

The Village for Children and Families – a “bedtime app” to help children get to sleep, and then monitoring their sleep patterns to promote better health.
Hartford Knights – apps to connect students to mentors.
My Sister’s Place – helping homeless individuals and victims of domestic violence connect with My Sister’s Place to get food, shelter, and emergency services.
HARC, Inc. – helping this non-profit that helps people with different intellectual disabilities connect with clients, families and caregivers, with services and emergency alerts.

For more information, please contact Global Communications Academy teacher, John Tusch at 203-521-4615.

Organizing teacher, John Tusch works with the students.