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Girls Who Code Expands Free Summer Programs for 2019 into Arkansas, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Texas

Flagship summer programs to launch in cities nationwide in summer 2019

New York, NY (January 22, 2019) – Girls Who Code, the international nonprofit working to close the gender gap in technology, today announced its seventh 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 programs have reached 90,000  girls in all 50 states to-date. The organization is also actively expanding internationally, with free after school clubs available in the U.S. and Canada.

“Technology is our future – and it’s time that our girls had a chance to be part of the revolution,” Reshma Saujani, Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code said. “We’re beyond thrilled to bring our flagship Summer Immersion Programs to girls in Arkansas, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Texas this year. And of course, we couldn’t do all of this without the incredible support of our corporate and foundation partners.”

Girls Who Code will offer 80 free Summer Immersion Programs in 2019, sponsored by 47 major companies and philanthropic foundations and serving over 1,500 girls. Girls Who Code will be bringing its summer programs to four new regions for the first time ever in 2019, including Northwest Arkansas; Wilmington, Del.; Philadelphia, Penn. and Houston, Tex.. Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Programs will be held in cities across the US, including: Alpharetta, Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Hoboken, 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 cities beginning today.

Over 13,000 alumni of Girls Who Code are now college-aged, many going on to pursue computer science degrees and secure paid technical internships working alongside professionals in the field. Alumni are declaring majors in computer science and related fields at 15 times the national average. Half of Girls Who Code alumni come from underrepresented groups, and these alumni are declaring majors in computer science and related fields at 16 times the national average.

“For the first time in her life, we saw [our daughter] connect and identify with females who like her felt inadequate in the STEM fields when they were younger. As parents, it was incredible to witness this awakening,” Christopher Go, father of a 2018 Summer Immersion Program alum, wrote in a letter. “It was uplifting to see these girls transform into this empowered aggregate of minds.”

The organizations sponsoring Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program participants in 2019 are: Accenture; Adobe; Akamai; Amazon; AT&T; Bank of America; BlackRock; Blizzard; Cadence; Citrix; CNA; The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC); EY; F5 Networks, Inc.; First Data; Ford Motor Company; Goldman Sachs; HSBC Bank; Intuit; Johnson & Johnson; JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Kate Spade New York Foundation; Lightspeed Venture Partners; MetLife and MetLife Foundation; Moody’s; Morgan Stanley; P&G; Pfizer Inc.; Prudential Financial; PwC; RBC; Riot Games; Software.org: the BSA Foundation; State Farm®; Synchrony; Turner; Twitter; United Technologies; Viacom; Walmart; The Walt Disney Company; Warner Bros.; Workday; WW International, Inc.; and Xandr.

University hosts include: Georgetown Law, The Idea Center at 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 an international 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, College Loops program and 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.