Hi! My name is Joey.
What if everyone were empowered to make their own games and tell their own stories?
What kinds of conversations could we have if we were able to play through someone’s experiences?
How would our world be different if we redirected some of our passion for playing games to making our own games instead?
Questions like these are why I’m starting up Cheat Code Academy, a game development school committed to empowering youth who experience mental health challenges to tell their own stories and create their own games.
A bit about my background:
After graduating with a degree in Software Engineering from the University of British Columbia in 2015, I decided to follow my passion for music and I became a music teacher! For several years, I taught at various music studios throughout Greater Vancouver, including CW Music, Resound School of Music, and The Arts Connection, in addition to having a growing number of private students.
Realizing that I loved teaching, I began working with at-risk and underserved youth, teaching music classes at the Sarah McLachlan School of Music, and tutoring math and physics to at-risk students at the Pacific Community Resource Society.
Following that, I did community engagement work with Anxiety Canada (formerly AnxietyBC), a mental health organization, where I acted as Product Manager for MindShift CBT, a mobile app for Android/iOS that now has 100k+ downloads and peaked at #30 in the Health & Fitness category in the iOS App Store since relaunching in February 2019.
Currently, I work as a consultant for Anxiety Canada, and sing in Wings Vocal Collective, a vocal group I co-founded with a few friends! And of course, I build video games for fun :)