Girls Who Code: Bring CS to Girls Across Country

by Girls Who Code
Girls Who Code: Bring CS to Girls Across Country
Girls Who Code: Bring CS to Girls Across Country
Girls Who Code: Bring CS to Girls Across Country
Girls Who Code: Bring CS to Girls Across Country
NYC Regional Clubs Graduation Photo Collage
NYC Regional Clubs Graduation Photo Collage

2018 Clubs Graduation

On May 31st, AppNexus hosted the annual NYC Regional Clubs Graduation Ceremony. The event featured: speeches from our founder and CEO Reshma, Becca Shaddox (Director of STEM Strategy at Walmart), and Jessica Anderson (Dell’s North Amicana Giving Manager); food and as well as project presentations from the girls themselves. Check out their projects here: Briarcliff Middle School, Avon High School, and Al-Noor School.

With the completion of this Club session, across the country we have taught coding and graduated 84,000 girls through our Clubs program. We look forward to Clubs next school year and are happy to announce that even more Clubs will be launching in Fall 2018. With Clubs now in every state we have the ability to serve even more girls!

SIP Launch Summer 2018

Our Summer Immersion Program (SIP) is in full swing! We now have 77 SIPs nationwide. For the first time ever we are hosting SIPs in Jersey City, Hoboken, and Charlotte. We are very excited to see how our Girls this summer will learn, grow, and will be sharing their experiences through social media: Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Both SIP and Club participants work on long term project with a focus on improving their community using what they learned throughout their program. To check out previous project click here.

Coming up this fall

To date our Clubs and SIPs have served 90,000 girls. We are so proud of our alumni and they are going on to do amazing things with a passion for Computer Science. Our College Aged Alumni are majoring in CS and related fields at 15 times the national average. We have reached nearly 12 million people indirectly through our book series, website, videos, and social media content.

We are proud of our success over the past six years and believe our work is just getting started. Girls Who Code is on track to reach gender parity in computer science by 2027 and to do so we will be expanding by launching the following initivaties:

     International Clubs

     Our Clubs model has proven to be enormously successful. As we continue to scale in the U.S., now is the time to             bring our Clubs program to an international stage. With expansion into the international sphere, we aim to influence         even more girls to enter computer science. We've shown that our model has been successful in elevating girls in the         United States— now it's time to impact girls worldwide. This fall we will be launching 100 Clubs in Canada with more       to come!

     3rd-5th Grade Clubs

     As of Spring 2018, we have successfully recruited and launched a geographically diverse group of 20 pilot sites that         serve students with varying levels of exposure to computers and computer science. Initial results and anecdotal data       is promising and points to engaged and satisfied participants and facilitators. From here, our goal is to successfully           launch 500 3rd-5th grade Clubs across the country starting in Fall 2018.

     Alumni Loops

     GWC will have over 10,000 college-aged alumni by Fall 2018. We know that there are 25 or more alumni at 30             universities or colleges across the country. Under our new Director of Alumni Programs, GWC will be launching                 College Loops in Fall 2018. College Loops will connect and engage alumni at colleges and universities; provide               educational and professional opportunities to improve persistence in CS; support successful entry into careers in             technology.

Thank you

We appreciate your previous support. Your previous donation[s] to Girls Who Code helps educate and equip girls to pursue opportunities in tech! Your donation has helped us: reach more girls with our free programs, train teachers and TAs, create a world-class curriculum for our classrooms, and develop new programs to close the gender gap in tech. Thank you and have a wonderful 4th of July.

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When I started Girls Who Code, I never would have
imagined that we would grow to become a movement
reaching almost 90,000 girls of all backgrounds in
all 50 states.

And now, just six years into our work, we’ve reached
a tipping point.

We are on track to achieve gender parity in computer
science by 2027. And we know why: because our work is
as much about quantity, as it is about quality. We scale our
programs to reach more girls in more places, and give them
the chance to forge lifelong bonds so they may persist in
computer science.

It’s incredible. But for us, parity is really just the beginning.
We’ve reached a moment unmatched in our history,
a moment as full of anger and anguish as it is promise and
potential. Women and girls across the country are coming
together to correct centuries-long power imbalances
across lines of gender, race, sexuality, and more.
Girls Who Code is proud to be a part of this movement,
and even prouder because our girls - girls of all races
and ethnicities and abilities and zip codes - are leading it.
They are solving problems in their communities,
empowering their friends, and defining the future
of our world.

We’re thrilled to be giving them the tools they need
to get there.

I hope you’ll join us and make sure every girl has the
chance to change her world - our world - for the better.

Thank you for your support. 

Reshma Saujani

CEO & Founder of Girls Who Code


Make sure to view the interactive version of our Annual Report on our website, linked here!!


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GWC Clubs Participants
GWC Clubs Participants

Over the past 6 years, Girls Who Code went from teaching 20 girls in a small NYC conference room, to reaching thousands of girls with our programs. By Spring 2018, we will have taught over 50,000 girls to code and to be change agents in their communities. We are building a movement of tech innovators and leaders through our programs who will go on to make an impact. 

With your support, we have been able to make a difference with our programs. 88% of our alumni have declared a CS major or are more interested in CS because of our programs. 39% of our alumni have taken AP CS. And 42% of our alumni are from underrepresented groups. 

But our work is not done. We look forward to continuing this momentum to teach even more girls in 2018. We hope to empower even more girls to build projects that will address the most pressing problems in their communities. We truly believe that we'll find the solutions to our world's programs --from cancer to climate change-- if we teach more girls to code.

At Girls Who Code, we encourage girls to start changing the world right now. As a part of our Summer Immersion Program (SIP) and Clubs program, we empower our students with the coding and leadership skills they need to create projects that will foster change in their communities. With your support, girls will be able to create even more projects with impact, like these:

Stand Against Violence

Five girls in New York City came together to create Stand Against Violence. SAV is a website that raises awareness about domestic violence and provides resources (such as hotlines to those who need them). 


Two girls in Miami teamed up to create Drift in response to seeing first hand the negative impact climate change has on their local community. Drift is an interactive game about climate change in which players must find missing baby penguins after their iceberg splits. 


Four girls from Virginia and Maryland came together to create Kivy in response to the global refugee crisis. Kivy is a choose-your-own-adventure game that follows the journey of a refugee fleeing from her country during a civil war, designed to bring players into the refugee experience. 

Imagine the impact girls would create if they were empowered to code and to be leaders in their communities. Your continued support will help us get there! 


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Girls Who Code has launched its 2017-2018 after school Clubs program in all 50 states, serving tens of thousands of girls with the support of over 20 partners. By the end of the academic year, Girls Who Code will have reached over 50,000 girls with its programs, creating a pipeline of women in technology that will make an impact in the field both in Silicon Valley and beyond. In fact, 91% of open software and computing jobs are outside of Silicon Valley; there are 15,000 currently open jobs in Michigan, 34,000 in Virginia, 15,000 in Ohio, and 20,000 in Georgia.

Girls Who Code Clubs are free after-school programs for 6-12th grade girls to use computer science to impact their community and join a sisterhood of supportive peers and role models. Clubs are led by Facilitators, who can be teachers, computer scientists, librarians, parents, or volunteers from any background or field. With support from our partners, Girls Who Code has expanded its curriculum offerings and launched a Facilitator training and support program so that anyone can facilitate a Club, regardless of whether they have computer science experience. The curriculum is project-based and designed for students to use their coding skills to address real-life problems in their community. To improve the curriculum experience, Girls Who Code launched HQ, our brand-new custom curriculum platform for the Clubs program. In the first three weeks, Facilitators and Club members viewed more than 30,000 activities & resources on the platform.

In the 2017-2018 academic year, 30,000 girls and 3,000 volunteer Facilitators will participate in the Clubs program in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., as well as the US territories of Guam, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and North Mariana Islands. An independent evaluation of the 2016 Clubs program found that participation was associated with improvements in girls' bravery and resilience, 21st century skills (including communication, collaboration, and planning), and computer science knowledge and awareness.

“What we’re doing is working: most of our girls go on to major in computer science in college. When you teach girls to code or get them involved in STEM, they become change agents and can build apps, programs and movements to help tackle our country's toughest problems,” CEO & Founder of Girls Who Code Reshma Saujani said. “We’re building a movement of women in STEM, hopefully enough women to really flood the gates.”

 Hear from our girls themselves:

  • "Knowing that I can code is awesome! I went into the experience with some people discouraging me, saying that coding was really hard and I just might not get it. But here I am, and I feel like I’m doing pretty well. I have the resources now to go out and create a website or a web game, plus I can finally understand so many things that used to confuse me." - GWC Club Participant
  • "Girls Who Code has shown me so many careers that I did not even know existed before the program! I don’t take technology for granted anymore and I’ve realized that CS has made the conveniences in my life possible. I have become very interested in the technology of those conveniences, and I seem to no longer be able to visit a website without pulling up Chrome’s Developer Tools!" - GWC Club Participant
  • "I feel like Girls Who Code really helped me to grow in computer science. The community of girls present in the Club fostered an atmosphere of collaboration and learning. I loved how we were all able to work together to further our knowledge of and interest in computer programming!" - GWC Club Participant


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Girls Who Code, the national nonprofit working to close the gender gap in technology, kicked off its 2017 Summer Immersion Programs.

The Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program is a free 7-week intro to computer science course embedded in technology companies. Students learn everything from robotics to how to build a webpage - while gaining exposure to the tech industry.

2017 Summer Immersion Programs will reach 1600 rising 11th and 12th grade girls this summer across 80 programs in 11 cities, including: Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, New York, the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle and Washington, D.C.

 About Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code is a national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology. Through its Summer Immersion Program and Girls Who Code Clubs, the organization is leading the movement to inspire, educate, and equip young women with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities. 


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