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CodiePie | Coding Workshop At Painted Brain
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Coding Workshop at Painted Brain

Coding“, a term frequently used in place of “software programming“, has been one of the hot topics at Painted Brain’s Community Center. Its relevance and power bring great hope for broadening career paths and increasing employment opportunities. Too often individuals living with mental illness are marginalized and underestimated in society, creating a poor cycle of unemployment due to symptomatic factors and causing individuals to isolate and lose hope. Our mission is to open opportunities through our vocational programs and create a more holistic method to learning code as a coping mechanism for mental health.

In February of 2014, we launched our coding group at Painted Brain’s previous HQ, located at 1730 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015. We covered the basic languages for Web App/Development – HTML 4, XHTML, HTML5, CSS, CSS3, jQuery, and Javascript, and two CMS platforms, WordPress and Drupal. We found most of our members gravitated toward WordPress and the following languages – HTML5, CSS3, and jQuery. Using Painted Brain’s assessment tool we measured a successful increase in our coder’s confidence, trust, and connection. Some members that were asocial were enticed to start conversations and collaborate on projects. This made clear that coding represented empowerment, purpose, and productivity, something that most mental health agencies could implement as a module of their vocational program.

We believe coding is a fountain, hydrating lives of individuals living with mental illness during financial droughts. Our success stories have not been published as many have requested to not be shared at this time. We do have more applicants looking to join in the group, who are willing to share their story as soon as they gain the game. If you are interested in joining or running a group, contact us at


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