Mission: To inspire, educate, and equip girls with the computing skills to pursue twenty-first century opportunities.
About the Organization: Founded in 2012 by Reshma Saujani, a former deputy public advocate of New York City and executive director of the Fund for Public Advocacy, Girls Who Code aims to close the gender gap in technology by providing young girls with women role models in the tech industry and high-quality instruction in computer science. With the goal of reaching a million young women by 2020, the organization's model pairs intensive instruction with high-touch mentorship led by top female engineers and entrepreneurs.
Current Programs: Girls Who Code offers a free seven-week Summer Immersion Program that provides girls in their junior and senior of high school with hands-on experience in computing concepts, programming fundamentals, mobile phone development, robotics, and Web development and design. Daily classroom instruction is paired with talks, demos, and workshops led by inspiring female entrepreneurs, CEOs, developers, designers, and computer science majors who serve as mentors and role models. As of 2016, the program is available in eleven cities across the United States.
In addition, Girls Who Code Clubs have been launched in twenty-five states to teach computer science to girls in grades six to twelve. The Clubs Program provides participants with forty hours of instruction and project-based activities, exposure to role models through guest speakers and field trips, and a supportive and engaged community of volunteer teachers, mentors, tech professionals, and fellow students.
Website: Visitors to the Girls Who Code website can learn about the gender gap in the tech industry, read about the outcomes of the Summer Immersion Program and alumnae stories, apply to the program, and/or check out the blog "i'm a girl who codes." Students, volunteer teachers, corporations, and community partners who visit the site can find out how to get involved — as participants, instructors, sponsors, and/or hosts of programs, internships, or Girls Who Code Clubs. And girls who are interested in joining a Girls Who Code Club can search for one in or near their community.
Funding: Girls Who Code is funded by foundations, corporations, and individuals.