In 2020, there will be 1.4 million computing jobs available in the US. If current graduation rates persist, women will fill just 0.04% of these jobs. Girls Who Code is committed to changing this. Our proven Summer Immersion and Clubs Programs effectively inspire, educate, and equip young women to pursue computer science in academics and professionally. In 2014, we are scaling programming to increase our reach and impact, bringing CS education-for the first time-to girls everywhere.
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: $525
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $49,475
Total Funding Goal: $50,000