Preparing students with the modern skills they need to make an impact in the world.
Forge is a 501(c)(3) non-profit school that prepares students with the modern skills they need to make an impact in the world.
Over 1,000 students each year learn things like design, marketing, and data science through fun, engaging, student-lead programs and courses. Through our programs, projects, and community, we strive to empower students to realize their own potential while creating opportunities for them to make an impact for good.
"It's electric being at Forge. Surrounded by my people and given all the tools I need for success, I feel like I can do absolutely anything. The relentless creative energy of our students is what makes Forge unlike anything I've ever been a part of.
There is something so fundamentally special about our members that just working and learning beside them has helped me grow enormously as a leader and a learner." - Rachel, Forge alumna
Our Student Impact
We've impacted thousands of students since our founding in 2012.
students have participated in a Forge program since 2012
students take a Forge program each year
1 in 10
UVA students complete a Forge program before they graduate
Led by women 56% of our students and 62% of our student leaders are women.
There are so many things about my college experience that I owe to Forge. It's given me the opportunity to teach 50 students data science, using a curriculum I was given the freedom to design. It's given me and countless others a space to explore our ideas, everything from starting a food truck to creating a new app. It's given me the confidence to share my ideas with others. And it's given me two of my closest friends at UVA.
I know I'm not alone in this -- Forge has become a community and, in many ways, a second home, for so many people."
—Anya Pfeiffer, Class of 2021, Forge Student Leader
Forge (formerly HackCville) was founded in the summer of 2012 by a group of college students and young professionals with a common mission: creating a space for students to learn and experience things that just aren't possible in a normal classroom.
Back then, the general idea was simple: bring smart, go-getter people together and give them the space and skills to make whatever they can dream up. Our programs quickly became an attractive way for students to learn new skills and meet similarly passionate people in a low-stakes, fun environment.
We now teach the full range of modern, digital skills needed in today's world, from UX design to data science to software engineering (and much more). Over 1,000 students are involved in our programs each year, and we work with over 250 startups, tech firms, and non-profits to help us get our students into impactful, meaningful work.
Today, our community of over 2,000 thrives in both our online and in-person spaces. Wherever you are, you will always have a dedicated community in your corner.
Forge programs help students discover and develop their talents.
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10-week, high-impact, part-time courses in digital skills.
Launch Summer Internship Program
High-intensity skills training paired with a summer internship at a startup.
Quick, high-impact projects for nonprofits and the broader Charlottesville community.
Forge Student Leadership
Our unique model empowers our students to lead Forge itself.
My favorite part about being involved with Forge is the people. Everyone I meet is extremely bright, motivated, and talented, and it was refreshing and inspiring to be surrounded by such an incredible community.
Forge does an amazing job with experiential learning, certainly in the kind of skill sets that we talk about being important in tomorrow's economy.
CEO OF ASTRAEA
As we seek to build our creative economy, Forge will play a crucial role in training and keeping talent here in Charlottesville.
FORMER MAYOR OF CHARLOTTESVILLE
Forge has by far been the most rewarding thing I have done with my time at UVA. I really wish I had gotten involved sooner. There is something for everyone here. The people you meet will inspire you and you will always be learning!
I love the endless amount of resources and guidance [Forge] offers. From having members or staff take 5 minutes to sit down and talk to me, to endless workshops throughout the semester, to the random email and text messages - everyone genuinely cares about one another.
The network of motivated people us unlike anything else at UVA. You can always find someone interested in something new and exciting which is inspirational and can come in handy.
[Forge] provides a space to explore oneself in a number of ways, and the community of people loves to embrace newcomers and help them grow. I have felt the skills I have learned through HackCville are invaluable as I prepare for the real world.
[Forge] opened me to a whole new way of thinking about myself, my skills, and my career goals. It also introduced and exposed me to a whole new group of insanely talented, driven, and inspriring people that have supported me and provided me with amazing opportunities.
[Forge] is a unique, vibrant community where people come from various starting points to learn to become better problem-solvers and future change makers. There is no place like it here in Charlottesville and it is increasingly becoming an integral part of the college experience for its members.
My favorite part about [Forge] is getting to know everyone in my class and in the overall community. It is unique to find a collection of such innovative and motivated people. The resources offered by [Forge] for any sort of project you may want to embark on are extremely useful, especially for those who have limited experience in entrepreneurship.
I love the energy and creativity that [Forge] members have. Everybody seems motivated to make a difference in their community, and they all seem to have fun doing it.
[Forge] is one of the biggest reasons why I say I love UVa. The mentorship and advice it has offered me has been unparalleled to anything else I've ever taken. The community is both incredibly driven and passionate about everything they do.
My favorite part about [Forge] is the connections; I felt like my New York dreams were so much closer than before having connected with [Forge]. They have such an elaborate network and so many people with different skill sets willing and able to help me think about internships, jobs, etc...I felt like I had a group of people I could ask to help me try something new or go somewhere new.
Not only has [Forge] been instrumental in introducing me to ReinventED Lab, where I will be interning this summer, but it has helped me meet individuals from all areas of the university with similar interests in startup culture.
⛰ 1% of our membership dues and courses tuition goes toward carbon removal. ⛰ Learn more →
About Forge (formerly HackCville)
Forge is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that prepares students with the modern skills they need to make an impact in the world. Each year, over 1,000 students learn things like design, marketing, and data science through our fun, engaging, community-driven projects and programs. We strive to empower students to realize their own potential while creating opportunities for them to make an impact for good.
In turn, we provide talent to 200+ tech companies, startups, and nonprofits across the country. Our home is our clubhouse near the University of Virginia, but our broader network of 2,000+ spans the globe. More about us →