Founded in 2011, Black Girls CODE (BGC) was built on the pillars of empowerment and education and is dedicated to leveling the playing field for girls of color in STEM. Through the organization's tech education-focused programming and initiatives-designed for young women between the ages of 7 to 17-BGC aims to inspire youth to become innovators in STEM fields, leaders in their communities, and builders of their own futures.
In middle school, 74% of girls express interest in STEM, but when choosing a college major, just 0.3% of high school girls select computer science. Only 18% of women graduate college with a computer science degree. For women of color, these numbers are significantly lower. Black women make up 3% of students graduating with a computer science degree, Latinas and Native American make less than 1%. Women make up half of the U.S. workforce but hold only 25% of the jobs in technical fields.
Black Girls CODE is on a mission to change the narrative surrounding racial and gender diversity in STEM and create safe spaces where Black girls can see themselves reflected in tech innovation. BGC strives to empower girls to go from consumers to creators and use technology as an avenue to be agents of change. BGC is a transformative global movement fueled by the impact of our chapters across the US and abroad with our technology focused workshops, hackathons, summer camps, and CODE Clubs.
Black GIrls CODE started in San Francisco in 2011 with 8 girls sharing 6 computers, learning how to write lines of code, and since its inception, has served over 20,000 students through 15 chapters across the United States and South Africa. BGC's goal is to train 1 million girls how to code by 2040.