Jul 2, 2014

Building the Movement: 2014 Summer Immersion Program

Girls Who Code SIP
Girls Who Code SIP
On June 16, Sophia, a 15 year old girl from San Jose began our Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program at eBay. Though she had never taken a computer science class and hadn't been exposed to programming languages before, just a few days later Sophia said, "I think I have finally fallen in love with computer science and Silicon Valley. Thanks to Girls Who Code for making this possible."

This summer, from coast to coast, 380 high school girls like Sophia will walk the halls of the world's leading technology companies. These outstanding young women will learn to think like computer scientists, network with female mentors working in the industry, and visit start-ups to see developers in action. Most importantly, they'll join a powerful sisterhood of Girls Who Code who will support each other this summer, into college, and beyond. 

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 Sophia all across the country and close the gender gap in technology! 

Sophia
Sophia
Mar 3, 2014

Julia-proving what's possible

Julia-she's changing the world
Julia-she's changing the world

Julia, a 15 year old from New York City, loves physics; she enjoys playing handball and basketball, and spends much of her time down the street at the local library. The oldest of five children, Julia’s family struggles to make ends meet. Her father’s job as a substitute custodian is less than stable. When she wasn't studying, Julia pitched in by handing out flyers for $7 an hour at a local foodbank.

As a member of the inaugural class of Girls Who Code, Julia spent 8 weeks, 8 hours a day with Girls Who Code instructors at AppNexus in NYC. Here, she learned to program robots in Python, build websites in HTML and video games in JavaScript. She learned about entrepreneurship, what it means to build a product and a company. She met 50 female engineers and entrepreneurs from Google, Twitter, Stanford…. And slowly but surely, she began to envision a new future for herself.

On graduation night at Google, Julia demoed her final project for an audience of engineers and entrepreneurs. Following the program, she took on three web design jobs. She is a girl who codes.

Julia demonstrates what's possible when girls pursue computer science—they are quick and enthusiastic learners, they share what they learn, and they apply their skills to make the world a better place. Thank you for supporting Girls Who Code, and thank you for supporting Julia. 

 
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