The funds will enable Girls Who Code to expand its Summer Immersion Program — a seven-week computer science course designed to educate, inspire, and equip high school girls with the skills, resources, and confidence they need to pursue opportunities in the technology field. The funds also will be used to establish clubs in additional cities. In 2012, AT&T was one of three companies to host an inaugural Summer Immersion class, and this year it hosted twenty high school juniors and seniors from New York City, New Jersey, and Houston.
"As we work to close the gender gap in technology and empower young women across the country, AT&T's collaboration — from contributing financial resources to engaging employees in our mission — has been essential," said Girls Who Code founder and CEO Reshma Saujani. "Together we are creating an environment that exposes girls to computer science careers and leaders and demonstrates to them that with this skill set, the possibilities are endless."
"AT&T wants to grow the field of qualified young women confident to enter STEM careers," said Nicole Anderson, executive director of philanthropy at AT&T. "Girls Who Code makes this happen so we're thrilled to help them expand their reach to other communities across the country."