Girls Who Code launches new summer program to teach more girls to code
Campus programs to be offered at select schools & universities in Summer 2018
Deloitte will fund scholarships in all Campus classrooms
New York, NY (November 6, 2017) — Girls Who Code is expanding its reach across the US with a brand new summer program, Campus. Campus offers Girls Who Code’s first-ever specialized coding courses to help middle and high schools girls get an edge for college and connect with other girls with similar interests. The two-week intensive courses, hosted on select school and university campuses, go deep on a range of topics from Website Design and Development to Wearable Tech & Fashion Design and iPhone App Development.
Technology is changing everything about the way we live and work, but girls are being left behind. Fewer than 1 in 4 computer scientists are women—and that number is declining. Girls Who Code is urgently working to close the gap. In the past five years, GWC has reached over 40,000 girls, but we want to teach every girl to code. Campus was created to expand access and teach even more girls to code through our new program, which will serve scholarship and tuition students.
Campus will be offering programs to over 1,000 girls in middle school and high school across six cities. The programs condense Girls Who Code’s award-winning curriculum into an accelerated 10-day summer course that will help girls get an edge for college, connect with other girls with similar interests, and build twenty-first century skills like confidence and bravery.
“In the last five years, we’ve quadrupled the pipeline of women in tech,” said Reshma Saujani, Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code. “Yet every year, we still turn away thousands of girls from our Summer Immersion Program because we’re over-subscribed. We want to teach every girl to code, so we’re introducing a new summer program called Campus to help us scale our impact. With Campus, we’ll be able to expand Girls Who Code to thousands more girls and inspire them to tackle our country’s toughest problems.”
As part of its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, Girls Who Code has set aside 20 percent of its seats for need-based scholarships. Deloitte will fund these scholarships in all Campus programs as the 2018 National Scholarship Sponsor. Scholarships will be provided to students who meet the eligibility requirements on a first-come first-served basis.
“Deloitte and Girls Who Code share a commitment to make a difference so that everyone has the opportunity to succeed, from the classroom to the workplace,” said Deloitte Consulting LLP Principal, Deepa Purushothaman. “Today, the girls learn to code. Tomorrow, they bring their skills, confidence, knowledge, and leadership to the workplace.”
Campus programs equip girls to pursue their interest in Computer Science: 80% of Campus program graduates say they’re more likely to pursue a major or minor in Computer Science because of the program. Campus programs also teach confidence and bravery, bring in role models and careers in tech, and connect girls to a sisterhood with similar interests–critical ingredients for girls to persist and succeed in the tech field.
Programs will launch in Summer 2018 in six cities: New York, Denver, Chicago, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. Girls Who Code is partnering with the following initial set of schools and universities to host Campus programs in 2018:
The Hewitt School, New York, NY
Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School, New York, NY
The Spence School, New York, NY
Brooklyn Friends School, Brooklyn, NY
Boulder Country Day School, Boulder, CO
Colorado Academy, Denver, CO
Kent Denver School, Denver, CO
Minnetonka Public Schools, Minneapolis-St Paul, MN
Convent of the Visitation School, Minneapolis-St Paul, MN
St. Catherine University, Minneapolis-St Paul, MN
Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA
Scripps College, Los Angeles, CA
The Bryn Mawr School, Baltimore, MD
Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, Washington, DC