Clubs

Overview

Clubs are after-school programs designed for 6th-12th grade girls to explore coding in a fun and friendly environment. Clubs are typically hosted in schools, colleges, libraries, and community centers during the academic year.

Clubs Teach:

  • Project based computer science — Students learn core concepts through projects based on their interests, such as music, art, or games. Our curriculum is designed for students with a wide range of coding experience. We have lessons for students with ZERO coding experience up to lessons that introduce college-level concepts.
  • Sisterhood — Students join our supportive and diverse #squad of amazing girls!
  • Role Models — Students meet female engineers at the world’s leading companies.
Want to start a club or volunteer to facilitate a Club?
Start a club
Want to join a club?
Find a club
Need more information?
Contact the Clubs Team

Volunteer to Facilitate A Club


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

They lead the Club through the Girls Who Code curriculum. Facilitators come from a variety of technical and non-technical backgrounds. They should have an understanding of core computer programming concepts, which we define as variables, loops, conditionals, and functions. A Computer Science degree is not required; our facilitators come from a variety of backgrounds including engineers, high school CS teachers, hackathon participants, web developers and more! Apply now.

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. 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

Our curriculum is designed for students with a wide range of coding experience. We have lessons for students with ZERO coding experience all the way up to lessons that introduce college-level concepts.

Regardless of your level, you’ll get:


  • Project-based computer science: Learn core concepts through projects based on your interests, such as music, art, or games
  • Sisterhood: Join our supportive and diverse #squad of amazing girls
  • Role Models: Meet female engineers at the world’s leading companies

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 facilitators trained on the Girls Who Code curriculum. In addition to learning Computer Science, Club participants get exclusive access to Girls Who Code challenges, events, and speakers. Any school, community center, library, university or local non-profit organization can serve as a host site and start a Girls Who Code Club.

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: What she’ll learn depends on her level of experience! Our curriculum is designed for students with a wide range of coding experience. We have lessons for students with ZERO coding experience all the way up to lessons that introduce college-level concepts.

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 a Facilitator 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 a facilitator. We will try our hardest to find you a facilitator but cannot guarantee placement. We encourage host sites to recruit their own facilitators. If you are applying on behalf of a school that has a Computer Science program or Computer Science teacher we strongly suggest that your Computer Science teacher serve as the facilitator. If a host site does source its own facilitator, this person will be asked to pass a technical quiz that tests Computer Science knowledge.

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.