FosterClub Junior Web Developers

A Note from Justin and Amy

FosterClub’s 3-month long 2015 Web Developer internship was designed to train and prepare youth from California who have an interest in web development. As interns, we have a passion for technology and pursuing higher education. The goal of this internship was to to give us the skills and knowledge to prepare us for junior web development careers and represent youth in STEM careers.

Currently there are not enough students in STEM subjects to keep up with the booming demand for these jobs. What’s more, even in a world where website and coding skills are of ever-increasing importance, even fewer foster youth follow a path towards technology. As web development interns, we know that there are many opportunities to pursue a great career in science and tech, and this internship was initiated to help guide the way.

Over the course of three months, we have been trained in website development with a focus on the Drupal platform and digital content development. We were exposed to Git and Command Line, and various coding languages including HTML and CSS, and some introductions to Javascript and PHP.

Individually, Amy focused on design projects working with Illustrator, JavaScript, and completing front end projects. She successfully created a forum page for FosterClub using Drupal. Justin, as more of a backend developer, set up our computers’ databases with MAMP. He also created a Drupal portfolio site during his internship with FosterClub for his consulting company.

During the internship, three mentors were selected to help us manage our time and projects, answer any questions we had, and point us in the direction of resources when needed. We would like to recognize and thank each of these mentors for dedicating time to us each week.

Matt Pope
Technical Lead at Parallel Public Works

Aaron Carlton
Sr. Software Architect

Andrew Hughes-Onslow
Senior Developer

As aspiring web developers, Justin and I used the skills we accumulated during the internship to contribute to the resources available to young people on FosterClub’s website and represent youth in STEM career fields. As our careers in technology continue, we will recognize and be grateful to FosterClub for the effort that every involved individual put into making a successful program.

In the upcoming months, Amy will be consulting and doing freelance work back in Orange County, California. Justin will return to his family in the Bay Area to work and go to school finishing up a degree in Computer Science. We are both thankful to everyone who has been rooting for us and appreciate those we’ve met along the way.

Cheers to a successful career and the beginning of a new chapter!

Amy & Justin


 


Amy Bergam
Amy graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a BS in Animal Science and a minor in Ethnic Studies. She spent 6 years in the California foster care system until she finished high school and has been through 6 homes. She also has a younger brother and sister in California. 
Amy’s interest in Web Development came during her last year of college when she started taking online coding classes and working as a media coordinator and website admin for a small business. After her opportunity to study abroad in South Korea, Amy has begun to take an interest in travel and hopes to develop for companies which allow her to design and edit websites around the world. 
In her free time, she loves playing outdoor sports; she plays saxophone and piano and loves photography and art. She also loves psychology and creative non-fiction books. Amy volunteers helping ESL learners and speaks both English and Korean herself.



Justin Redman
Justin is 23 years old and spent 7 years in the foster care system in Louisiana and California.  He entered care with two younger brothers, and had three foster home placements and four group home placements.  Justin struggled with sibling connections due to separation. He found permanency when his grandparents adopted him in October 2008.  
Both athletics and academics gave Justin focus during high school. Now, he is completing a Bachelors degree in Computer Science and a Minor in Multimedia Art with an emphasis in Web Design and Development.
His long term goals include obtaining a Masters Degree in Computer Science, and owning a multimedia design/ IT consulting firm/ game design studio.

 

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