"Girls Who Code gave me confidence in my abilities and helped me see what I can accomplish in my life." —Nikita, 16

Clubs

Piloted in 2012 and officially launched in Chicago, New York City, Boston, Detroit, and San Francisco in 2013, Girls Who Code Clubs are expanding nationally to offer computer science education and tech industry exposure to 6th-12th grade girls during the academic year.* If you’d like to volunteer to instruct a Girls Who Code Club, please note the 2nd round deadline is September 15. While we’re no longer accepting applications for Fall 2014 Clubs, we encourage you to submit an application by September 15 to launch your Club in January 2015!

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We partner with non-profits including schools, libraries, and community based organizations to bring Girls Who Code Clubs to communities all across the country. Middle school and high school girls, teachers, school administrators, and non-profit program or library managers are eligible to start Clubs. To learn more about starting Clubs, please click here for more information about our launch process, and here for answers to FAQs.

Our Curriculum

  • Monthly, project based activities
  • Opportunity to build real world software including mobile apps and games
  • 40 hours of instruction per school year
  • An end of year, student-choice, final project that impacts your community

You may now click here to receive the most current Girls Who Code Clubs Curriculum.

Our Instructors

To qualify to teach a Girls Who Code Club, instructors must have at least the equivalent of 3 semesters of college-level Computer Science education. We take care of the rest with our proprietary training in computer science curriculum delivery and classroom management techniques to launch a successful Girls Who Code Club in any setting. The ideal instructor is a software engineer or former engineer in a managerial role. Click here to learn more about becoming an instructor.  *Any girl under the age of 13 interested in starting a Club must have a parent apply on her behalf.

Why It Matters

0.3%

In middle school, 74% of girls express interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), but when choosing a college major, just 0.3% of high school girls select computer science.

100%

100% of 2012 program participants report that they are definitely or more likely to major in computer science following the program.

12%

Women today represent 12% of all computer science graduates. In 1984, they represented 37%.

12%

While 57% of bachelor’s degrees are earned by women, just 12% of computer science degrees are awarded to women.

17%

Despite the fact that 55% of overall AP test takers are girls, only 17% of AP Computer Science test takers are high school girls.

25%

Women make up half of the U.S. workforce, but hold just 25% of the jobs in technical or computing fields.

29%

The U.S. Department of Labor projects that by 2020, there will be 1.4 million computer specialist job openings. Yet U.S. universities are expected produce only enough qualified graduates to fill 29% of these jobs.

3/25

In a room full of 25 engineers, only 3 will be women.