projekt202 Welcomes Voice of Hope and Next Generation of Software Superstars

projekt202 Chairman and CEO David Lancashire speaks with Voice of Hope students.
projekt202 Chairman and CEO David Lancashire speaks with Voice of Hope students.

projekt202 recently hosted 40 young students from Voice of Hope for a summer day-camp visit.

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Voice of Hope (VOH) is a nonprofit group serving children living in West Dallas, ranked as the 11th poorest area in the United States. Through its summer and after-school programs, VOH provides children with strong character models, education support, life skills development and family support services.

As part of their 2016 Summer of Business initiative, students visited projekt202's Dallas offices for lunch and a behind-the-scenes tour.

UI Developer Derek Potier demonstrates a current work project to an attentive audience.
UI Developer Derek Potier demonstrates a current work project to an attentive audience.
Lunch is served for our VOH guests.
Lunch is served for our VOH guests.

During the June 17 visit, summer campers learned about projekt202's work in application design and development, and the educational backgrounds and professional crafts that are needed to drive successful teams. The students met and spoke directly with staff at all levels of the organization, including Chairman and CEO David Lancashire.

Solutions Architects Mark Sims and Matt Burnside, and Senior Developer Martin Bliss discuss working at projekt202.
Solutions Architects Mark Sims and Matt Burnside, and Senior Developer Martin Bliss discuss working at projekt202.
Program Manager Erik Cane (seated), Senior UX Designer Lori Lodwick and UX Designer Lindsey Norman shared their insights.
Program Manager Erik Cane (seated), Senior UX Designer Lori Lodwick and UX Designer Lindsey Norman shared their insights.
Senior Experience Strategist Shannon Graf gives an overview of projekt202's methodology.
Senior Experience Strategist Shannon Graf gives an overview of projekt202's methodology.

VOH was created to help inner-city families overcome generational poverty by making youth a center of change for a better future.

The seasonal camp became a key component of that vital mission. VOH's Summer Camp was established to offer daily, academically-enriching activities -- and a safe haven -- for children in West Dallas. Over 77% of the children participating in VOH's summer camp are in grades 1 to 8.

David Lancashire meets the campers.
David Lancashire meets the campers.
David fields plenty of questions from his young audience.
David fields plenty of questions from his young audience.

Participation in structured out-of-school activities has been shown to have the greatest impact and most positive effect on those who are most at risk. According to the Harvard Family Research Project, out-of-school programs can benefit youth socially, emotionally and academically.

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The VOH visit may have sparked the next generation of software superstars -- and future projekt202 team members.

"They were really precocious and inquisitive, and so interested in what we do," said Marketing Manager Hayley Parham. "As they were leaving, little Daniel said, 'I'll be back in 12 years!' "

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