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
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2017 will be a big year for Girls Who Code; join us in making it possible. In 2017, we’ll focus on reaching more girls across the country—both through our existing programs and new initiatives. We’ll continue to scale our after-school Clubs Program to include thousands of clubs and tens of thousands of girls in every state. As part of this growth, we’ll invest in expanding our community partnerships, particularly in school districts reaching low-income students. We’ll also invest in growing our volunteer network and helping thousands of Clubs Facilitators to learn computer science alongside their students. We’ll also debut new initiatives, such as the Girls Who Code book series, a first-of-its-kind 11-book series for girls to learn to code and to join our national movement. The first books come out August 22, 2017 and include a nonfiction book, Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World, and a fiction book, The Friendship Code, which we like to think of as The Baby-Sitters Club meets coding.

Girls Who Code’s 2016 Annual Report is live! You can check out the web version and print PDF at www.girlswhocode.com/2016report. Some key takeaways from the report:

  • 93% of Summer Immersion Program participants said that because of the Summer Immersion Program, they now want to major in or are interested in computer science.
  • 84% of Girls Who Code alumni said they were likely to pursue a career in technology.
  • 65% of Girls Who Code Clubs participants say they were considering a major/minor in CS because of Girls Who Code.

This year, Girls Who Code’s first group of alumni will graduate college. Here’s what Lesley, Maria, and Cora have been up to since graduating from Girls Who Code in the summer of 2012!

Lesley 

Lesley credits Girls Who Code for not only sparking her interest in programming but for teaching her confidence, responsibility, and hard work. Today, Lesley is a computer science major and sociology minor at NYIT, and she plans to get her Master’s in Education after she graduates this year. She hopes to open doors for students who otherwise wouldn’t have access to technology.

Maria 

In the short term, Maria plans to work in politics so she can make a difference in education policies. Long-term? She wants to be the first female Latina president of the United States! Maria will graduate with a political science degree from University of Albany this year and says Girls Who Code has “opened my eyes to the possibilities of what I am capable of.”

Cora 

Cora enlisted in Girls Who Code’s inaugural Summer Immersion Program in 2012. During the program, she developed a plan to use an algorithm to detect the difference between benign and malignant tumors to bring down the rate of false positives in cancer screenings. Cora is now studying engineering at the University of Michigan.

Thanks to your support and contributions, together we’ve inspired thousands of girls to see a future in tech. We look forward to sharing our many successes to come! For further inquiries, please contact us at development@girlswhocode.com

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We’re so excited to announce expansion of the Girls Who Code Clubs program to 49 states across the country, as well as Guam and Puerto Rico in the 2016/2017 school year. Your support is helping us scale this incredible program to meet demand across the country and to meet girls where they are in their own communities.

While the Summer Immersion Program will continue to be our flagship program, we believe our path to scale and to closing the gender gap in tech is through our Girls Who Code Clubs Program.  We believe our Clubs efforts will help us move quickly to dramatically expand the reach of our programs and to ensure that our students persist in computer science and get the support they need to succeed.

In the next year, we’ll triple our free after-school Clubs Program to 1500 clubs in every state in the country. So far this year, we’ve already successfully launched close to 900!

Through our Clubs program, we’ll provide access to GWC programming at scale and serve tens of thousands of girls.  While girls’ interest in computer science declines over time, the greatest drop-off happens in middle and high school. We call this the “middle school cliff” -- the period in middle and high school when girls’ interest in computer science declines dramatically at the same time that boys’ interest grows. GWC Clubs intervene at this critical time and hook girls’ interest.

Clubs are free and open to 6th-12th graders. Hosted at schools, libraries, and community centers, Clubs help girls learn to use computer science to impact their community and provide a sisterhood of supportive peers and role models. During the year, Clubs students will work together and individually on a CS Impact Project, where they will learn to use computer science to solve a problem relevant to their school and community.  

Our Clubs model is enormously successful. 75% of our Clubs students report being more likely to take a computer science class after participating in a Club, and 65% said they were more likely to major or minor in computer science in college because of GWC.

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Thank you for your support! Your investment is bringing Girls Who Code closer each day to gender parity in the tech workforce. And that’s especially true right now, as our Summer Immersion Programs are in full swing across the country, and we’re gearing up to launch an unprecedented number of Girls Who Code Clubs this fall! With your help, Girls Who Code will have reached over 40,000 girls with over 750,000 hours of computer science education by the end of 2016.

Our Summer Immersion Program has grown in size since our first program in 2012: we’re operating 78 programs of 20 girls each in 11 markets! We’re working with our amazing partners to bring over 285,000 hours of computer science education to over 1,500 high school girls.

Girls in our Summer Immersion Programs are learning mobile app development, web design, robotics, and the theories behind coding and creating their own projects, from games to arduinos. Just last week, our New York City Summer Immersion Program participants came together for the All NYC Field Trip, hosted by Aceenture, which included a full day of exciting speakers and an riveting Augmented Reality demonstration.

At the same time, our Clubs Program team is gearing up for the 2016-2017 school year with a goal to start over 1500 Clubs nationwide! Since we started our first Clubs fewer than three years ago, we’ve been blown away by the high demand for our computer science education services across the country and around the world. We can’t wait to continue to grow the Clubs Program to serve every girl who wants to learn to code!

With our Clubs and Summer Immersion Programs growing so quickly, we’re excited to be able to share our newest data: An unbelievable 90% of our current Summer Immersion Program graduates are majoring or planning to major in computer science or a related field in college, and 77% said they wouldn’t have done so without Girls Who Code. Out of our thousands of Clubs students in grades 6-12, 75% plan to continue studying computer science after their Girls Who Code experience.

2016 has been a year of explosive growth for Girls Who Code, and we cannot wait to see how community grows!

As we look ahead to another year of major expansion in 2017, we want you to be a part of it! Give today to continue supporting us as we close the gender gap in computer science.

Together, we’re creating a movement that is changing the face of technology. We’re looking forward to continuing to work with you!

The Girls Who Code Team

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Girls Who Code is thrilled to announce we are teaming up with a record number of major companies and philanthropic foundations for our annual Summer Immersion Program and providing $1 million in scholarships for girls to attend. In all, the companies will host 78 free programs serving 1560 girls, a 37 percent increase in programs from last year. Our 7-week program offers rising 11th and 12th grade girls 300+ hours of intensive instruction in web development and design, robotics, and mobile development with mentorship and exposure to top female engineers and entrepreneurs. 

While the Summer Immersion Program is a 100% free program, we understand some applicants may depend heavily upon summer employment. To encourage girls who would normally need to work over the summer, and girls who would need transportation support, Girls Who Code offers scholarships for those students who depend heavily upon summer employment and would normally need to work to support themselves or their family, as well as, students who will need transportation assistance during the program. We need YOUR support to pay for lost wages and travel costs so that even more girls can participate in our 2016 Summer Immersion Programs. Our programs educate and equip girls nationwide — giving them the hard and soft skills they need to succeed in tech jobs.

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Girls Who Code is thrilled to announce we are teaming up with a record number of major companies and philanthropic foundations for our annual Summer Immersion Program and providing $1 million in scholarships for girls to attend. In all, the companies will host 78 free programs serving 1560 girls, a 37 percent increase in programs from last year. Our 7-week program offers rising 11th and 12th grade girls 300+ hours of intensive instruction in web development and design, robotics, and mobile development with mentorship and exposure to top female engineers and entrepreneurs. The scholarship money will go towards helping girls make up for lost wages due to program participation and transportation costs. Scholarship recipients are determined based on financial need.

What began as one program for twenty girls in New York City in 2012, our organization has grown into a national movement, engaging partners nationwide in technology, telecommunications, finance, animation, fashion, gaming and other sectors. Our programs have taught over 10,000 girls computer science across 42 States to-date. Last fall, we announced the formation of a national alumni network and commitments from more than 50 top companies to share job opportunities and internships with Girls Who Code graduates as part of our #HireMe campaign.

Thanks for your ongoing support of the Girls Who Code movement! Together, we can give girls the computer science education they deserve.

 

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