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Meet our CoderDojo Mentors!

AIM’s CoderDojo sessions are free monthly open source coding workshops for students ages 8 to 17.  These sessions are led by volunteer mentors, and help provide an opportunity for kids from the Omaha and Council Bluffs area to learn basic coding programs at their own pace in a fun, relaxed environment.

AIM’s youth programs like CoderDojo wouldn’t be possible without our awesome volunteer mentors like Lyndsay, David, Corey and Shay. Meet a few of our regular mentors who take time out of their busy schedules to help AIM build the IT community.


Lyndsay Kahnk has her bachelor’s degree in business from Bellevue University. She also studied IT education at Metropolitan Community College and hopes to go on to get her master’s degree in IT.

Kahnk has been a mentor for CoderDojo for eight months and is most looking forward to seeing more girls get involved with IT and coding.


IMG_0322David Zemon has his bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology. He currently works as a developer at Union Pacific.

Zemon has been a mentor with CoderDojo for over a year and a half and is most looking forward to having Therese Laux bring more structure to the program.




Corey Gross currently studies programming at Metropolitan Community College.  He also has his bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Pittsburgh.

Gross currently works at CSG in business support and has been mentoring for CoderDojo for over a year.





Shay Valentine studies civil engineering at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She is also a student developer in the health informatics lab at PKI and an engineering intern at Union Pacific. Valentine also teaches some coding and circuitry at Gomez-Heritage Elementary School in Omaha.

She loves working with the familiar faces that continue to come back to the monthly sessions, and is excited for the program to grow and attract more and more kids.



The last Coder Dojo of the year will be December 5 at UNO’s Mammel Hall. You can register here.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor for CoderDojo you can contact Itzel Lopez at ilopez@aimforbrilliance.org or Therese Laux at tlaux@aimforbrilliance.org.