Clubs

Overview

The Girls Who Code Clubs Program teaches computer science to 6th-12th grade girls. This unique and scalable model enables girls nationally to access Girls Who Code in their communities. Clubs have launched nationally in over 25 States, helping thousands of girls learn how to code.

The Girls Who Code Clubs Program Experience:

  • Skills — Forty hours of instruction in computer science including project based activities to reinforce concepts like conditionals, lists, and loops as well as skills like mobile app development.
  • Exposure — Girls Who Code Clubs host speakers, coordinate field trips and engage with the local tech community. Girls Who Code facilitates exclusive connections where possible, providing unique opportunities to Club participants.
  • Community — As Clubs participants, girls have access to this supportive and engaged network of teachers, mentors, professionals, and fellow students.
Want to start a club or volunteer to teach?
Start a club
Want to join a club?
Find a club
Need more information?
Contact the Clubs Team

Volunteer to Teach


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Our volunteer instructors are at the core of the Girls Who Code Clubs Program. This is a truly unique opportunity to empower women in CS and help transform the landscape of tech into a better, more inclusive industry.

Our Instructors are industry professionals, undergraduate and graduate students, and computer science enthusiasts who are committed to achieving gender parity in the tech workforce. Instructors must have experience in Computer Science to qualify. We take care of the rest with a comprehensive curriculum and training in CS education and classroom management techniques. Click here to learn more about becoming an instructor.

Click here to volunteer with Girls Girls Who Code.

“We need to encourage [the girls] to be a part of this world. There’s so many things people can do instead of watching these statistics keep going more and more dismal every day and wondering why it’s not changing.”
— GWC Club Volunteer

Starting a Club


We partner with schools, universities, libraries, and community centers to bring Girls Who Code Clubs to girls across the country. All faculty members or employees can apply to start a Club in their communities.

More information about starting a Club can be found here. Apply here to start a Club in your community.

“This is a real tangible pathway to careers in computer science and to the real world.”
— Club Faculty Advisor

“What’s exciting about Girls Who Code is the overwhelming response we’ve had. The girls asked for this and we even have a waiting list. It was the perfect fit for our school.”
— Club Faculty Advisor

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 an open source version of the Girls Who Code Clubs curriculum.

FAQ

Q: What are Girls Who Code Clubs?

A: The Girls Who Code Clubs Program offers computer science education to 6th-12th grade girls nationally. Girls meet weekly and are taught by volunteer instructors trained on the Girls Who Code curriculum. In addition to learning CS, Club participants get exclusive access to Girls Who Code challenges, events, and speakers. Any school, community center, library, or local non-profit organization can serve as a host site and start a Girls Who Code Club. The host site provides: dedicated Club Faculty Advisor (administrator at the host site), Student Ambassador (not mandatory, recommended), Volunteer Instructor with computer science experience (or Girls Who Code will work to match an instructor to your site), a dedicated space where girls can hold their meetings for 2 hour blocks once a week, laptops or desktops for each girl, reliable internet access, projector and /or whiteboard. Girls Who Code provides the curriculum, a volunteer instructor for the Club (if necessary and dependant on volunteer availability), program management and various tech opportunities. Please note Girls Who Code cannot partner with host sites that do not have the required technology and we cannot assist Clubs with securing hardware.

Q: Is there a cost associated for schools or community organizations hosting a Club?

A: No, hosting a Club is free of charge for community organizations. Companies may support the Clubs Program by making a financial donation or helping to recruit qualified volunteers.

Q: What will my daughter/student learn if she is in your club?

A: Your daughter will first and foremost learn how to think like a computer scientist. She will be introduced into the wonderful world of computer science and be able to create contextualized programs. The curriculum is broken into multiple levels to serve girls with no experience and those who already know how to code. The beginner level uses Scratch, a visual program, created by MIT, and the more advanced level uses JavaScript. Girls will learn basic CS concepts such as conditionals and loops, through project-based activities. Girls will also be exposed to soft skills such as writing, public speaking, leadership, teamwork, and networking.

Q: What does a typical Club look like?

A: Most Clubs have between 10-30 members – but some Clubs may have more. Clubs are asked to meet 8 hours a month, with breaks as necessary for holidays and special events. In a year there are 40 hours of curriculum with 8-20 hours of final projects for each of the three levels. We strongly recommend Clubs meet during the week after school or on weekends for a two hour block of time.

Q: Who is eligible to join a Girls Who Code Club?

A: Girls Who Code’s mission is to create gender parity within technology by providing a unique educational experience for young women to learn computer science. Interested participants who self-identify as female are welcome to apply to our programs. This includes students who were not assigned to the female sex at birth but live and identify as female now. (It also includes students who are legally assigned to the female sex, but who identify as transgender or gender fluid).

Q: Is it a requirement for Host Sites to secure an Instructor for a Club?

A: No, it is not a requirement. However, if your host site is located in an area where we do not have local partnerships and staff, it is a bit more challenging for us to provide you with an instructor. We will try our hardest to find you an instructor but cannot guarantee placement. We encourage host sites to recruit their own instructors. If you are applying on behalf of a school that has a Computer Science program or Computer Science teacher we strongly suggest that your CS teacher serve as the instructor. If a host site does source its own instructor, this person will be asked to pass a technical quiz that tests CS knowledge. More information can be found here.

Q: I am a parent who is interested in getting my daughter involved in a local Club. How can I find a Club near me?

A: If you are a parent who wants to get your daughter involved in a local Girls Who Code Club, but aren’t ready to approach a school or community center about launching your own, use our ‘Find a Club’ resource to locate an existing Club. Any “public” Club does accept community members, however please note that since our curriculum scaffolds Clubs can only accept new members up until their 4th lesson. Please contact the host site listed on the ‘Find a Club’ resource directly to inquire for more information on that particular Club.

Why It Matters

In middle school, 74% of girls express interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), but when choosing a college major, just 0.4% of high school girls select computer science.

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

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

Women today represent 18% of all computer science graduates. In 1984, they represented 37%.

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

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.

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