Girls Who Code: Bring CS to Girls Across Country

Oct 13, 2014

Girls Who Code: Not Just a Game

Last Summer, Girls Who Code graduated 375 high school girls from our intensive Summer Immersion Programs in New York City, Boston, Miami, Seattle, and all across the Bay Area. For 7 weeks, these girls learned programming languages, took field trips to tech companies, and learned from female mentors and guest speakers in the industry. By the end of the program, girls who had never even been exposed to computer science before were ready to pitch the products they had built on stage. 

Two of these girls, Andy and Sophie, met at our IAC program in New York and teamed up to build something inspiring -- a video game called Tampon Run. Frustrated that we live in a society where gun violence is normal, but something as natural as menstruation is stigmatized, they thought: what if we built a video game and replaced the guns with tampons? That's exactly what they did. 

After presenting Tampon Run as their final project at Girls Who Code graduation, they posted it online and it went viral, earning glowing press coverage in Time, Fast Company, Jezebel, and more. Andy and Sophie are a great example of what happens when you empower girls with technology. They'll not only build a game, they'll build a game to change the world. With your support, there's no limit to the positive change we can effect. 

Jul 11, 2014

CS: It opens your eyes, and world!

All smiles at AT&T
All smiles at AT&T
On Monday, 100 young women in New York City showed up for their first day of Girls Who Code. As they opened their laptops, they stepped into a new world—within hours, they were building programs and instructing the computer to follow their commands. In just one week, Girls Who Code has completely changed Alex K's perception of computer science:"As a writer, I never, never, never thought I could code — I thought it involved heavy math and science (not my strongest suits), and thought that I had to have had prior experience to enter the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program. Absolutely none of that is true! Coding is really more of a language — a series of languages, actually — and so far, I’ve used math once. Take a chance! You’ll be glad you did."

When you empower girls in technology, there's no limit to what they will accomplish. That's why this summer Girls Who Code has expanded to launch 19 Summer Immersion Programs at leading tech companies in New York City, Boston, Miami, Seattle, and the Bay Area. This year, our programs are supported and hosted by Adobe, Amazon, AppNexus, AT&T, eBay, Facebook, GE, Goldman Sachs, Google, Knight Foundation, IAC, Intel, Intuit, Microsoft, Square, Twitter, and Verizon. 

Thank you to all our supporters for making our work possible! Together we will reach girls like Alex all across the country and close the gender gap in technology.

Apr 7, 2014

It's that time of year... college admissions!

Danielle is all smiles!
Danielle is all smiles!

This time last year, Danielle was a junior in her local Detroit high school. Passionate about science, engineering, and helping others, Danielle knew that she was college-bound but had yet to decide what path she intended to pursue. Fast forward twelve short months, and Danielle is now prepared to enroll in Harvard University as a Computer Science major. 

What changed?

Last summer, Danielle spent eight weeks immersed in computer science as a member of the 2013 Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program at GE. Her experiences diving into the field, meeting peers with the same interests, and building solutions that will improve her community helped Danielle discover the possibilities presented by computer science. She is now set to pursue the field, and is inspiring other girls to do the same.

Around the country, Princeton, University of Michigan, Brown, Smith, UC Berkeley, and other top universities want Girls Who Code alumnae to join the Class of 2018. And this is just the beginning.

We are so proud of Danielle and her classmates, and thank you for supporting them. We can't wait to share updates as these young women head to school next fall. 

Jan 7, 2014

Thanks for helping GWC change lives

Girls Who Code: Building the Pipeline
Girls Who Code: Building the Pipeline

Dear Global Giving family,

Your support enabled amazing work in 2013:

  • 152 young women equipped with hard and soft skills to succeed in computing opportunities through Summer Immersion Programs
  • 99% of Summer Immersion Program particpants considering a career in technology and 95% considering majoring or minoring in CS in college
  • 600+ girls participated in 42 new Girls Who Code clubs nationwide 
  • 70 volunteers recruited to teach clubs, providing exceptional instruction and mentorship
  • 700+ individuals engaged in 2013 Summer Immersion Programs and Girls Who Code Clubs, including CEOs, executives, and engineers serving as speakers, mentors, instructors, application evaluators, and advisors
  • 700% growth in programming, including delivery of 8 Summer Immersion Programs in 5 cities
  • 360% growth in full-time staff on the ground in New York, San Francisco, and Detroit
  • 150 new clubs to launch by Fall 2014, engaging upwards of 2,500 young women in communities nationwide

We are so grateful.

In this next year, thanks to your support, we are continuing this momentum and bringing computer science education to girls in communities across the country. We are motivated every day by our amazing students, who in recent weeks have been accepted as computer science majors at top universities across the country, have launched GWC clubs in their schools, and who continue to passionately encourage their sisters, friends, and one another to code. We can't wait to meet the next cohort of girls who code. Thank you for helping us change lives.

Check our 2013 Annual Report (link below) for more stories of sucess, and stay tuned for updates as we expand programming in 2014.

Thank you again,

The Girls Who Code team

GWC students meeting Jack Dorsey at Square
GWC students meeting Jack Dorsey at Square


Oct 3, 2013

We're almost there!

Roxy, New York City
Roxy, New York City

Dear friends,

THANK YOU! Because of your support, we're more than halfway to reaching our goal of $10,000 raised in support of computer science education for girls. That's amazing. 

Over the next two weeks, we're going to raise $3,746 more. If you have not already, now's the time to share this project with your friends and colleagues. Share with them why computer science education for girls matters to you, and share with them this message from Roxy on why she wanted to be a girl who codes:

"There is nothing more exciting to me than the thought of learning a new skill and potentially applying that knowledge to make changes to the world we live in, big or small."

Thanks again for all your support, and thanks for helping Roxy change the world. 

All the best,

The Girls Who Code team

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Girls Who Code

New York, NY, United States

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Liza Conrad

New York, NY United States

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