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Jun

Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Programs Return to Chicago

Chicago-area programs part of national push by Girls Who Code to put the organization on track to close the gender gap in entry-level tech jobs by 2027

Chicago (June 25, 2018) — Girls Who Code, the national nonprofit working to close the gender gap in technology, today kicks off its 2018 Summer Immersion Program in Chicago in partnership with Accenture, AT&T, Bank of America, CNA, JP Morgan Chase and Co., and Synchrony.

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. In 2018, Girls Who Code will host 77 Summer Immersion Programs in cities nationwide, including: Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Hoboken, Jersey City, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, New York, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, Stamford, and Washington, DC. A total of six Summer Immersion Programs teaching 120 girls will be running in the Chicago area this year. To visit a Summer Immersion Program in the area, please contact press@girlswhocode.com.

“Girls Who Code is on track to close the gender-gap in entry level tech jobs by 2027,” said Girls Who Code founder and CEO, Reshma Saujani. “Computing jobs are some of the fastest-growing and highest paying in our country, yet girls continue to get left behind. Access to a computer science education can bring women into a thriving innovation economy and give families a real shot at the middle class. I want to thank the companies and foundations that have really doubled down on efforts this year to give girls the chance to prosper in today’s economy.”

2018 marks the sixth year of programming for Girls Who Code’s flagship Summer Immersion Program. The Summer Immersion Program is a 7-week computer science course that embeds classrooms in major media and tech companies. 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.

Girls Who Code has served almost 90,000 girls through spring 2018. Half of girls served by Girls Who Code are from historically underrepresented groups (HUGs). This includes girls who are Black, Latina, and from low-income households. Girls Who Code currently has nearly 5,000 College-Aged Alumni (CAA). By Spring 2019, the organization expects to have nearly 13,000 College-Aged Alumni. CAA of Girls Who Code programs are majoring in computer science and related fields at 15 times the national average. Black and Latina CAA are majoring in computer science and related fields at 16 times the national average.

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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. Girls Who Code has reached over 90,000 girls in all 50 states and several US territories. To join the movement or learn more, visit girlswhocode.com.