Girls Who Code launched in 2012 to close the gender gap in computing fields. In its 1st year of operation, GWC mobilized top executives, educators, and engineers to develop a new model for CS education, leading the field in defining what works and delivering a successful, scalable solution for implementation nationwide. Now in its 2nd year, GWC has demonstrated results, informed the field, and grown to 8 immersive programs spanning 5 cities and a low-cost, high-impact program designed for scale.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
At a time when the public and private sectors are struggling to create jobs, the technology sector is struggling to fill innumerable open positions. And while youth are struggling to meet the demands of today's job market, it is women that are almost exclusively left behind. Today, just 0.3% of high school girls express interest in studying computer science, and only 0.8% of women graduating from college receive a degree in computer science.
How will this project solve this problem?
Surveys of the field and a rigorous assessment of work to date demonstrate that education and exposure are the two components necessary to ensure young women are encouraged to pursue and prepared for success in the technology sector. Girls Who Code's programs are an innovative approach to computer science education that pair intensive instruction in robotics, web design, and mobile development with high-touch mentorship and exposure led by the industry's top female engineers and entrepreneurs.
Potential Long Term Impact
In 2014, GWC will reach 3,000 girls through the expansion of our Clubs and Summer Immersion programs, each of whom will graduate equipped with the hard and soft skills necessary for success in computing. Through their pursuit of academics and careers in computer science, these women will fill the tech industry's talent pipeline and contribute to the achievement of gender parity in the sector.
Total Funding Received to Date: $11,320
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $38,680
Total Funding Goal: $50,000