Girls Who Code expands to elementary school, introduces free after school Clubs for 3rd-5th grade students

Nonprofit also expands reach of 6-12th grade programs to almost 200,000 girls

New York, NY (September 5, 2018)Girls Who Code will offer a free after school Clubs program for younger students, adding easy-to-use and understand programming for 3rd-5th grade girls. Additionally, Girls Who Code is expanding the 6-12th Grade Clubs program in all 50 states with the support of corporate partners and several family foundations, doubling the organization’s reach to 200,000 girls.

The 3rd–5th Grade Clubs program will introduce computer science to girls when, according to research done in partnership with Accenture, their interest is highest. The program builds on the success of the New York Times bestselling Girls Who Code book series, which indicated a demand for computer science-related content for younger girls. The new Clubs program will incorporate activities, characters, and vocabulary from the bestselling Girls Who Code nonfiction book.

“We couldn’t be more excited to launch programming for our newest 3rd-5th grade coders,” said Tarika Barrett, Chief Operating Officer of Girls Who Code. “We have an incredible opportunity here to change the face of the technology industry by building girls’ excitement for computer science before they even reach middle school.”

3rd-5th Grade Clubs are funded by General Motors and the JCDRP Family Foundation.

With the 2018-19 expansion of 6-12th Grade Clubs, Girls Who Code will more than double its Clubs program, and expand its reach to nearly 200,000 girls by Spring 2019. The project-based curriculum gives girls a chance to use code to address real-life problems in their community.

“Our girls are our future,” Reshma Saujani, Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, said. “We’re giving them the tools they need to change the world. Expanding our footprint from just 20 girls in New York City to nearly 200,000 all over the country will help us to close the gender gap in technology that much faster.”

Alumni of Girls Who Code are majoring in CS and related fields at a rate 15 times higher than the national average, and Black and Latina alumni are choosing these majors at a rate 16 times the national average.

The Girls Who Code 6-12th Grade Clubs program is possible through the generous support of our partners. Partners providing funding at the national level include Adobe, AT&T, Dell, Microsoft, Prudential Financial, Uber, U.S. Bank, and Walmart. Blizzard Entertainment provides funding for the Great Plains, Rockies, and Western regions of the US. Mid Atlantic Clubs are funded by Capital One and JPMorgan Chase & Co. Midwest Clubs are funded by the George Lucas Family Foundation and Synchrony. ESPN provides funding for Clubs in the Northeast region. New York City Clubs are funded by The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America Inc ®, the New York City Council, and Turner. Adtalem Global Education Foundation funds Clubs in the San Francisco Bay area. The Chuck Lorre Family Foundation fund Clubs in California. Southeast Clubs are funded by Bank of America and the Off the Field Players’ Wives Association. General Clubs funding comes from CA Technologies and Motorola Solutions Foundation.

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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, afterschool 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.