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Girls Who Code kicks off most robust summer of programming to date

National nonprofit supporters and corporate partners work to close the gender gap in technology with nearly 60 programs for 1200 girls nationwide.

New York, NY (June 8, 2015) – Girls Who Code, the national non-profit working to close the gender gap in technology, today announced the commencement of its 2015 Summer Immersion Program, celebrating its fourth and largest-ever summer of programming. The program will place 1,200 talented girls in some of America’s largest corporations, where they will receive seven weeks of intensive instruction in a diverse array of computer science concepts.

The Summer Immersion Program witnessed enormous growth since Girls Who Code’s founding in 2012. What began as one program for 20 girls exploded into a major force in the technology community, spanning 57 programs nationwide in the telecommunications, finance, animation, and gaming sectors. The seven-week Summer Immersion Program teaches rising high school juniors and seniors everything from mobile app development to robotics to web design, and participants will have the chance to see their projects in real life.

“When I started Girls Who Code in 2012, I never dreamed that we would be placing over a thousand girls at our country’s most influential companies. These young women have the opportunity to gain skills that could change the trajectory of their lives completely,” said Reshma Saujani, Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code. “We can’t wait to get this year’s programming underway and provide girls with the tools and guidance to excel in the technology industry. Learning first-hand from leading tech giants, I know this year’s class has the potential to shape the field for years to come.”

The past several years of Summer Immersion Programs proved that there is a generation of girls who are ready to unleash their talent on the technology sector. Over 77% of Girls Who Code alumni said they changed their academic path because of the program. Today, 90% of former participants are majoring or planning to major in Computer Science or a closely related discipline in college.

This year’s Summer Immersion Program is supported and hosted by Accenture, Adobe, AIG, Akamai Technologies, Amazon, AOL Charitable Foundation, AppNexus, AT&T, Boyle Heights Technology Youth Center, BSA | The Software Alliance, CUNY Advanced Science Research Center, eBay, Electronic Arts, Expedia, Facebook, Florida International University, GE, Georgetown University, Goldman Sachs, Google, Grand Central Tech, Groupon, IAC, IBM, Intel, Intuit, Lockheed Martin, MassMutual, Microsoft, Moody’s, Mount St. Mary’s University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Pixar Animation Studios, Prudential, Saban Family Foundation, Square, The Honest Company, The Idea Center | Miami Dade College, TripAdvisor, Twitter, Verizon, Viacom, and VMware.

“Our supporters and corporate sponsors allow us to offer free, effective, and intensive training to girls across nine different cities,” said Natalie Bonifede, Director of Summer Immersion Program for Girls Who Code. “Thanks to them, we can help train and empower the next generation of technology leaders.”

Girls Who Code added new programs in Chicago, Los Angeles, Newark and Washington, DC this summer, in addition to expanding its footprint in Boston, Miami, New York City, Seattle, and across the San Francisco Bay Area.

About Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code is a national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology. Through its Summer Immersion Program and Girls Who Code Clubs, the organization is leading the movement to inspire, educate, and equip young women with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities. Additional information is available at girlswhocode.com.