Girls Who Code launches record number of Summer Immersion Programs in Chicago this year
Programs Supported and Hosted by Accenture, Microsoft, Synchrony Financial, University of Illinois at Chicago and Verizon
Programs Will Run from June 27, 2016 – August 19, 2016
CHICAGO, IL (June 27, 2016) — Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization that aims to inspire, educate and equip young women for futures in the computing-related fields, kicked off its 2016 Summer Immersion Program in Chicago today. Chicago Summer Immersion Programs – a record number for the region to-date – are supported and hosted by Accenture, Microsoft, Synchrony Financial, University of Illinois at Chicago (Computer Science and Center for Research on Women and Gender departments) and Verizon. The Summer Immersion Program will reach 1560 rising 11th and 12th grade girls this summer across 78 programs in 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. Chicago Summer Immersion Programs will run from June 27, 2016 to August 19, 2016. To visit a Summer Immersion Program in the Chicago area, please contact Christina Honeysett: [email protected], 917-717-1816.
“Too often girls don’t pursue computer science because they’ve never been exposed to it, or they don’t see the impact it can make on the world,” said Girls Who Code Founder and CEO, Reshma Saujani. “By actually embedding classrooms in today’s leading companies that create products girls use every day, we show them, ‘Look, you can do this. You can code this. This is a world that is open to you, and once you learn this skill set, the possibilities are endless.’”
The Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program is a seven-week computer science course that embeds classrooms in major media and tech companies and universities. Students learn the fundamentals of computer science – from robotics to how to build a webpage – while gaining exposure to the tech industry and mentorship from women working in technology. No prior coding experience is required. 90% of Summer Immersion Program participants plan to major or minor in computer science or closely related field. Alumni of Girls Who Code have already gone on to pursue computer science degrees at top universities like University of Michigan and Princeton University, secure paid technical internships working alongside professionals in the field, and even launch programs to teach girls around the world how to code.
Piloted in New York City in 2012 as a single summer program reaching 20 young women, Girls Who Code has grown to a national movement to create gender parity in the computing fields. The organization is committing to teach 40,000 students – up from 13,000 today – by the end of 2016. The commitment was announced as part of President Obama’s broader ‘Computer Science for All’ program and new “Educate to Innovate” campaign during the White House Science Fair this year. Girls Who Code’s commitment to expand access to computer science will support the Administration’s efforts to give all students across the country the chance to learn computer science (CS) in school.
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 www.girlswhocode.com.