In 2013, Prenda founder, Kelly Smith, started volunteering at the public library to teach kids computer programming. In watching them come to Code Club each week and work hard to build cool projects, he realized that 1) learning is a choice and 2) teaching is impossible.
What we mean by this is that you can’t actually teach someone something if they aren’t willing to learn. After seeing thousands of kids make the choice to learn through Code Club, Kelly knew that he had seen the future of education. In 2018, Kelly and 7 neighborhood kids started the first Prenda Microschool. By the fall of 2020, we had over 400 Prenda Microschools and have continued to grow. Good idea, Kelly.