Break the cycle of poverty through education

Communities in Schools

HTML Web Design Camp

The Details

Program Goal

To help introduce middle school students to web design and development.

Participant Break Down

22 students registered from CIS Whitewater Middle School

Our Coaches

Ansh Gupta
Vishal Sai Chindepalli

Srikar and Vishal are Juniors (11th grade) attending Rock Ridge High School in Ashburn, Virginia. They have both been programming for 4 years – with experience in HTML, JavaScript, Java, Python, and C++.

Camp Overview


Learned about the basics of HTML and what HTML is all about!


Learned how to set up their documents and add various elements like headings and paragraphs.


Learned how to add Images and Links. Worked on CSS and adding colors and design elements to their website

DAY 4-6

Students continued CSS additions to organize and polish websites and prepared for final-day presentations!


Students presented to their peers, parents, and SSF reps!

Students in Action


Students worked together to create a website from start to finish

Students presented these websites to SSF reps and competed for first place
More than $300 distributed to participants in rewards and incentives
Students leave camp with a finished website, ready to be showcased in a high school application or job interview
Certificates and winners declared and full class graduation
All students reported a dramatic increase in their understanding of and their comfort with web design and development after the camp


“Srikar & Vishal were very helpful.They answered all of my questions and if I ever struggled we fixed it together. They were amazing teachers and I had fun learning code with them.”
“I learned coding is much more than it seems and it can be fun”
“Learning about coding and sharing with classmates while having a fun experience.”
“I think Srikar and Vishal did an amazing job, they were very helpful. They answered all of the questions I had. They moved at a good pace and even slowed down when asked.”
“I was really happy to see how the kids developed throughout the camp and how the used their creativity to add a personal touch to their websites!”

Thank You Organizers!

Vishal, Srikar, Mahima, Neha, Latha, and Mariel

Diana Partlow, Renee Leak, and Andrew Ladd

Board Member

Jayashree Sundaresan

Jayashree Sundaresan is a Senior Technology leader with 24+ years of experience. A servant leader at heart, she strongly believes in creating positive impact to transform people beyond who they think they are and what they think they can achieve. Jayashree is very passionate about empowering women, guiding children, giving back to society and focusing on wellness as a priority. She is also a die-hard sports enthusiast and a singer. She thoroughly enjoys coaching & mentoring people to share and learn. Jayashree holds a Bachelors degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering and an MBA from Santa Clara University, USA.

“I am thrilled to join the Board of Directors at SSF and impact lives by helping with the education of underprivileged, deserving, bright, and passionate students. The vision and mission of SSF aims to pull families out of generational poverty through the skill building, mentoring, training and sponsorship of scholars. This energises me and resonates with my values and beliefs to lead change in communities through working with children, educating them and helping them gain confidence, perspective and a lifelong desire to be a force of positive impact.”

Advisor & Board Observer

Uma Meyyappan

SVP, Head of Digital Innovation, LPL Financial

“Uma is an Innovation Technology Executive with over 20 years of experience in the Financial services industry where she accelerates business value with the use of emerging technology.

Uma’s extensive research in financial technologies such as digital payments, biometrics, augmented reality, and Internet of Things (IoT) has resulted in over 35 issued US patents to her name.

Uma is a Founding LP in Neythri Futures Fund and Founding circle member in Neythri, an organization that promotes south asian women. Being a strong believer of child literacy and education Uma is delighted to assist Shooting Stars Foundation eradicate generational poverty through STEM education.”

Board Member

Kevin Lee

Program Manager at NVIDIA

“Kevin has over 10 years experience in leadership roles in the Finance and Technology sectors. Prior to joining NVIDIA, Kevin taught at University of California, Berkeley and helped the school transition from in-person learning to online learning.

Kevin is passionate about learning, teaching, and fostering innovation from future generations. Having witnessed first-hand the positive impact education can have on his students’ career prospects, Kevin is excited to contribute to Shooting Stars Foundation and its mission to break the cycle of poverty through STEM education. “

Advisor & Board Observer

Brian McCann

President, Security Solutions at Neustar, Inc.

“High-energy business leader with passion for driving growth in organizations and cyber security technologies – and education foundations!

SSF’s founder and mission are rooted in empowering others to take control to improve their future. STEM education is a proven and scalable path to break generational poverty.”

Board Member

Dawna Taylor

Regional Director with the Global Services Department for Cognia,

“Dawna L. Taylor is the Regional Director with the Global Services Department for Cognia, the largest School Improvement organization globally. Before joining Cognia, Ms. Taylor served as the Assistant Vice President of K-12 programs for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. She also led, designed, and oversaw an out-of-school STEM program for middle and high school students in Baltimore, MD, and Vicksburg, MS. She has been an elementary teacher, reading specialist, assistant principal, and principal in traditional public schools and charter schools.

Ms. Taylor served as Director of Blended Learning Programs for one of the nation’s largest public cyber schools. Her professional expertise is in developing, managing, and consulting for charter schools and STEM Outreach programs across the country. Ms. Taylor has a Bachelor’s Degree from Florida A&M University in Elementary Education and her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, Supervision, and Administration from Jones International University. She is the proud mother of two adult children, Raleigh and Morgan.”