Our model ensures that your child can receive the best services and that other children can too.
At Create a LOOP we've worked hard to develop a business model to ensure we're able to provide the best services. The costs of each clubs and workshops reflect a $25/hour service fee. 50% of the club fees are reinvested into creating scholarships for kids who's families are unable to afford our program. Though we're a nonprofit organization, we have fees to ensure we can be self-sustaining and reach more kids from more communities to provide them with quality opportunities without having to depend on donations, grants, or government funds.
A club memberships costs $600 per quarter or $2,400 annually. Club Memberships include 2-hours weekly classes on a college campus, all club amenities, and computer kits. Learn how your child can learn to code on a college campus.
An after-school club memberships costs $600 per quarter or $2,400 annually. Club Memberships include 2-hours weekly classes at your kids school, all club amenities, and computer kits. Learn how you can start a club at your school.
Workshops costs $100 per kid. Workshops are targeted to introduce game design and app development to a kid in 2-hours. Kids must bring their own laptops.
TECH FOR TOMORROW
Tech for Tomorrow workshops costs $100 per kid. Companies must also provide space, internet, and snacks for the workshop.
More than your typical after-school club.
Create a LOOP is more than an after-school club - our kids create apps, design games, develop websites, and invent products all year long. Checkout your membership amenities.
1-WEEK SUMMER CAMP
Club members have first access to our one-week summer camp. Campers spend a 3-hours a day for 5-days creating games, art, and music.
Your kid will feel what it's like to work in a uniform for a real tech company. Club T-shirts help your kid to feel ownership and unity.
DIY Kano Computer Kit
Your kid will build their own computer kit that they can take home. These computers are installed with hundreds of hours of code challenges allowing your kids to learn with or without internet u
College Campus Experience
Your kid will have the opportunity to experience what it's like to work on a real college campus, in a real college classroom, and at one of the most prestigious colleges in the world, Washington University.
Washington University Danforth Campus
We meet Saturday mornings from 9am - 11am on the Danforth Campus in the Skandalaris Center Room 128 (6465 Forsyth Blvd St. Louis, MO 63105).
Meet the team that runs the day-to-day operations of Create a LOOP.
Darren Jackson, Founder/Executive Director
Darren Jackson has spent over a decade working to empower children to reach their highest potential. He's helped to develop multiple clubs, camps, and programs across the country that have equipped children and young adults become leaders in their communities. He and his wife, Danielle Jackson, launched the first LOOP club in 2016 serving 30 clubbers across St. Louis.
David Karandish, Co-Founder/President of the Board of Directors
David Karandish is the Cofounder and Chairman of Equity.com and Chief Executive Officer of AI Software. Prior to starting Equity, David was the former CEO of Answers Corporation. David and Chris Sims started the parent company of Answers in 2006 and sold the firm to a private equity firm in 2014 for north of $900m. While at Washington University St. Louis, David embarked on several personal projects, including the invention of AIM Talk, a text-to-voice program for AOL’s Instant Messenger. In addition, he was the youngest contestant on NBC’s The Apprentice: Martha Stewart television show.
Chris Sims, Co-Founder/Board VP
Chris is a tech entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist. He has served as David’s business partner. Chris is also a WUSTL Computer Science graduate.
Danielle Jackson, Co-Founder/Volunteer Coordinator
Danielle has worked with children for over 7-years in after-school clubs and camps. She's worked with over 1000 kids and has been responsible for recruiting volunteers and training them in child safety and curriculum implementation.
Shanna Smith, Education Specialist/ Board Member
Shanna is the Founder and Director of The LEAD school in St. Charles. She has over 10 years in special education as a teacher and an administrator. She has several years experience directly supervising and teaching within emotional disturbed schools. She also obtained a Masters of Art in Leadership in Teaching from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and has over 20 hours of post graduate course work.
Matthew Beaver, Board Treasurer
Matthew is a Financial Services VP at Amerprise and the former U. City Chamber of Commerce President. He is a WUSTL MBA graduate.