Girls Who Code will host 78 Summer Immersion Programs with tech industry leaders this summer!
$1 Million in Scholarships Provided to Help Girls from Underserved Communities Attend Summer Program
Major Expansion Will Allow 1,560 Girls to Learn to Code in Effort to Close Technology Gender Gap
First Programs to be Held in Austin and Atlanta
New York, NY (January 19, 2016) – Girls Who Code, the national non-profit working to close the gender gap in technology, today announced it is teaming up with a record number of major companies and philanthropic foundations for its annual Summer Immersion Program and providing $1 million in scholarships for girls to attend. In all, the companies will host 78 free programs serving 1560 girls, a 37 percent increase in programs from last year. Applications for the programs opened today in 11 U.S. cities. The 7-week programs offer rising 11th and 12th grade girls 300+ hours of intensive instruction in web development and design, robotics, and mobile development with mentorship and exposure to top female engineers and entrepreneurs. The scholarship money will go towards helping girls make up for lost wages due to program participation and transportation costs. Scholarship recipients were determined based on financial need.
Girls Who Code will be expanding its footprint across 11 cities including New York, Boston, Chicago, DC, Los Angeles, Miami, Seattle, Newark, and across the San Francisco Bay Area, with programs being held in Austin and Atlanta for the first time. In 2015, 34 companies hosted girls across 57 programs in nine cities.
“This incredible expansion shows the technology sector has finally woken up to its gender gap problem and is moving quickly to show many more young women they have a future in the industry,” said Girls Who Code Founder and CEO Reshma Saujani. “I want to thank all of our partners who are as committed as we are to reversing long-held assumptions about what an engineer should be and opening up many new doors for women across the nation.”
What began as one program for twenty girls in New York City in 2012 has quickly grown into a national movement, engaging partners nationwide in technology, telecommunications, finance, animation, fashion, gaming and other sectors. Last fall, Girls Who Code announced the formation of a national alumni network and commitments from more than 50 top companies to share job opportunities and internships with Girls Who Code graduates as part of its Hire Me campaign.
“Before Girls Who Code, I never thought I would have pursued computer science as a major in college,’ said Francesca Colombo, a former Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program participant. “That summer really changed my life. I met an incredible group of girls who shared my interest in computer science as well as female professionals in the tech industry who taught and inspired me. The program gave me the skills and confidence to pursue my passion for computer science and secure a career in technology.”
The organizations hosting Girls Who Code participants in 2016 are: Accenture, Adobe, AIG, Akamai, Amazon, AOL Charitable Foundation, AppNexus, AT&T, Autodesk, The Barlovento Foundation, BlackRock, BSA | The Software Alliance, Capital One, Cheryl Saban Self-Worth Foundation for Women and Girls, Electronic Arts, Expedia, Facebook, GE, Goldman Sachs, Groupon, IAC, IBM, Indeed, Intuit, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, JPMorgan Chase, Kate Spade & Company, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, The Moody’s Foundation, Pivotal Labs, Pixar Animation Studios, Prudential Financial, Inc., Sephora, Square, Synchrony Financial, TripAdvisor, Twitter, Verizon, Viacom, The Walt Disney Company, and The Workday Foundation.
To apply for a place in this year’s Summer Immersion Programs, go to girlswhocode.com/apply.
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