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
Each Girl Who Codes deserves a chance to succeed.
Each Girl Who Codes deserves a chance to succeed.

We're excited to announce that last week, Girls Who Code launched our Alumni Network and our new #HireMe pledge at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. In the coming months, we will roll out exciting new features to support our alumni as they select colleges, win scholarships, apply for internships, and begin their careers.

The #HireMe pledge is a great opportunity for companies to commit to recruiting, hiring, and coaching Girls Who Code alumni and to start closing the gender gap in tech. Our alumni couldn't be more excited about the chance to work for some of these amazing organizations, including AT&T, Prudential, Adobe, Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo!, and more. We're excited to share that over 30 companies have already joined the #HireMe campaign!

The Alumni Network launch is another step forward in Girls Who Code's thrilling 2015 journey. Our partners hosted 57 incredible Summer Immersion Programs in ten markets this year. We have reached 40 states with our almost 500 Clubs across the country this fall. And by the end of this year, our programs will have reached over 10,000 girls since our founding in 2012.

With the Alumni Network, we're making a promise to each of those 10,000 girls that Girls Who Code and our supporters will stand by her as she enters and succeeds in the technology workforce.

Thank you again for your partnership in the Girls Who Code movement. We couldn’t do it without you!

 

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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 an incredible 10,000 girls with over 750,000 hours of computer science education by the end of 2015.

Our Summer Immersion Program has tripled in size since 2014: we’re operating 57 programs of 20 girls each in ten markets! In Boston, Chicago, DC, LA, Miami, New York, Newark, San Francisco, Seattle and Springfield, Massachusetts, we’re working with our amazing partners to bring over 285,000 hours of computer science education to over 1,100 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, we saw the largest-ever gathering of Girls Who Code, with over 300 of our Summer Immersion Program participants coming together for the Girls Who Code Facebook Conference!

At the same time, our Clubs Program is celebrating a hugely successful 2014-2015 school year, which saw us reach 34 states with our after-school curriculum model for girls in grades 6-12. Now, we’re getting ready to start the fall 2015 semester with an incredible 500 Clubs nationwide! One of our largest Clubs is our Northern Minnesota Club at Bemidji State University in Minnesota, where the Red Lake Band of Chippewa transports over 50 girls in grades 6-12 to learn computer science with programmer and Club founder Jennifer Theisen.

Since we started our first Clubs fewer than two 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.

2015 has been a year of explosive growth for Girls Who Code, and this is only the beginning.

As we look ahead to another year of major expansion in 2016, 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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2014 was a year of explosive growth at Girls Who Code. Today, we are proud to say we're not just aiming to close the gender gap in technology--we're actually doing it.

Check out our 2014 Annual Report, which shows the huge strides we made last year-- raising over $7 million and reaching thousands of girls in 24 states with computer science education. 

Thanks to the support of our partners, the dedication of our teachers, staff, and volunteers, and most importantly, the passion of the girls we serve, we have become the leading organization in the country providing computer science education to young women and producing female technologists.

We've grown a lot, and we've also learned a lot. By expanding our Girls Who Code Clubs program to reach more than 2,000 girls in 24 states across the country, we learned that it's possible — and essential — to deliver high quality computer science education at scale. Through our Summer Immersion Program, we found that when you challenge a girl to build a functional product in less than two weeks, she just might build a mobile game that combats sexism and breaks down gender stereotypes. We have discovered that Fortune 500 companies from every sector of the economy — from entertainment to real estate to ad tech — can work together to solve a problem that affects us all.

We learned that we have to keep growing. We are reminded every day that creating gender parity in technology is critical to the future of innovation. Your support in 2014 brought us one giant step closer, and it is my pledge that we will not stop here.

Reshma Saujani

Founder and CEO, Girls Who Code

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Girls Who Code had a tremendous 2014!  We are grateful to the GlobalGiving community for your generousity as we work to bring computer science education to young women across the country.

Girls Who Code Clubs

In 2014 Girls Who Code launched 185 Clubs in 24 states, training more than 200 volunteer instructors and serving nearly 2,500 6th-12th grade girls. In addition to growing the number of Clubs in the U.S., the team pioneered exciting new partnerships including the Samsung Mobile App Challenge -- a contest inviting Clubs participants to create mobile apps to improve their school or community.  In 2015, look for more great mobile app challenges and Clubs across the entire country.

Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program

In 2014 Girls Who Code expanded the Summer Immersion Program to Miami, Boston, and Seattle for the first time, reaching 375 girls. In addition to rigorous CS education, the 7-week program included marquee events featuring Sheryl Sandberg, Jack Dorsey, and Chelsea Clinton, and engaged a record number of C-level executives from partner companies, including Jeff Bezos and John Donahoe. Our monitoring and evaluation report indicated that 94% of SIP participants said they were definitely or more likely to consider a major/minor in computer science, and 99% would recommend Girls Who Code to other girls.  In 2015, Girls Who Code will be hosting 57 Summer Immersion Programs across 8 regions nationwide, reaching 1,140 girls. This represents 200% growth over last year. We will be expanding into three new markets: Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and Chicago.

With your support, these young women will RUN Silicon Valley!

Join the movement for gender parity in tech with a donation to Girls Who Code.

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Last Summer, Girls Who Code graduated 375 high school girls from our intensive Summer Immersion Programs in New York City, Boston, Miami, Seattle, and all across the Bay Area. For 7 weeks, these girls learned programming languages, took field trips to tech companies, and learned from female mentors and guest speakers in the industry. By the end of the program, girls who had never even been exposed to computer science before were ready to pitch the products they had built on stage. 

Two of these girls, Andy and Sophie, met at our IAC program in New York and teamed up to build something inspiring -- a video game called Tampon Run. Frustrated that we live in a society where gun violence is normal, but something as natural as menstruation is stigmatized, they thought: what if we built a video game and replaced the guns with tampons? That's exactly what they did. 

After presenting Tampon Run as their final project at Girls Who Code graduation, they posted it online and it went viral, earning glowing press coverage in Time, Fast Company, Jezebel, and more. Andy and Sophie are a great example of what happens when you empower girls with technology. They'll not only build a game, they'll build a game to change the world. With your support, there's no limit to the positive change we can effect. 

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