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Jan

Girls Who Code Expands Free Summer Programs for 2018, Makes Strides Towards Closing the Gender Gap

Flagship summer programs to launch in 17 cities nationwide in summer 2018

New York, NY (January 16, 2018) – Girls Who Code, the national nonprofit working to close the gender gap in technology, today announced its sixth year of programming for its flagship Summer Immersion Program. The Summer Immersion Program began in 2012 in New York City, offering rising 11th and 12th grade girls 300+ hours of immersive instruction in web development and design, robotics, and mobile development with mentorship and exposure to top female engineers and entrepreneurs. Girls Who Code’s Summer Immersion Program has reached nearly 5,000 girls to-date.

Girls Who Code will offer 70 free Summer Immersion Programs in 2018 sponsored by 45 major companies and philanthropic foundations serving over 1,400 girls. Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Programs will be held in 17 U.S. cities, including: Alpharetta, Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Irvine, Jersey City, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, New York, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, Stamford and Washington, D.C. Applications are now open for all 17 cities beginning today.

“Technology is changing the way we live and work, but girls are being left behind,” Girls Who Code Founder and CEO, Reshma Saujani, said. “Closing the gender gap isn’t just about parity for parity’s sake—it’s about all of the ideas that we’re leaving off the table. We’ll find the solutions to our world’s biggest problems—from cancer to climate change—if we teach more girls to code. I want to thank the companies and foundations that have really doubled down on efforts this year to activate the power and potential of girls across the country.”

In the last six years, the organization has served girls in all 50 states and will have reached approximately 50,000 girls by the end of the 2017-2018 academic year. 43% of Girls Who Code alumni are from underrepresented groups, and 88% of alumni from Girls Who Code programs have declared a computer science major or minor or are more interested in computer science because of Girls Who Code. Alumni of Girls Who Code have already gone on to pursue computer science degrees at top universities and secure paid technical internships working alongside professionals in the field.

“I truly believe that coding is today’s language of creativity. Learning how to code taught me the fundamentals of being creative; it encouraged me to explore my ideas, experiment solutions, make mistakes, and learn from them to improve,” said Estella Fucelli, an alumna from Girls Who Code’s 2017 Summer Immersion Program. “Every day in the classroom I am inspired to learn something new because I know that this knowledge will enable me to create change.”

The organizations sponsoring Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program participants in 2018 are: Accenture; Adobe; AIG; Akamai; Amazon; AppNexus; AT&T; Autodesk; Bank of America; BlackRock; Citrix; Dell; Electronic Arts; First Data; Ford Motor Company; GoDaddy; Goldman Sachs; IAC; Intuit; the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Kate Spade & Company Foundation; Moody’s and The Moody’s Foundation; Pfizer Inc.; Pivotal; Prudential Financial; Sephora; Software.org: the BSA Foundation; State Farm; Synchrony Financial; Turner; Twitter; Viacom; The Walt Disney Company; Warner Bros. Technology; and Workday. New partners sponsoring Girls Who Code programs this year include Blizzard Entertainment; Cadence Design Systems; KPMG; Lightspeed Ventures; MetLife and the MetLife Foundation; Morgan Stanley; RBC Capital Markets; and Walmart.

University hosts include: Florida International University, Georgetown Law, Miami Dade College and NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

To apply for a place in this year’s Summer Immersion Program, go to girlswhocode.com/SIPapply.

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About Girls Who Code:

Girls Who Code is a national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology and change the image of what a programmer looks like and does. With their 7-week Summer Immersion Program, a 2-week specialized Campus Program, after school Clubs, and a 13-book New York Times best-selling series, they are leading the movement to inspire, educate, and equip young women with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities. By the end of the 2018 academic year, Girls Who Code will have reached over 50 thousand girls in all 50 states and several US territories. To join the movement or learn more, visit girlswhocode.com.