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Girls Who Code Flagship Summer Immersion Program Kicks Off for Seventh Year

Summer Immersion Programs part of push by the organization to close the gender gap in entry-level tech jobs by 2027

New York, New York (June 20, 2019) — Girls Who Code, the nonprofit working to close the gender gap in technology, kicks off its 2019 Summer Immersion Programs in Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Chicago, Connecticut, Delaware, Houston, Los Angeles, Massachusetts, Miami, New Jersey, New York, Northwest Arkansas, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington DC.

The organizations sponsoring Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program participants in these cities are: Accenture, Adobe, Akamai, Amazon, American Express, AT&T, Autodesk, Bank of America, BlackRock, Blizzard Entertainment, Cadence, Citrix, CNA, The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC), Electronic Arts, EY, F5 Networks, First Data, Ford Motor Company, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Intuit, Johnson & Johnson, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Kate Spade New York Foundation, Lightspeed Venture Partners, MetLife and MetLife Foundation, Moody’s Corporation, Morgan Stanley, Pfizer Inc, Procter & Gamble, Prudential Financial, PwC, Riot Games, Inc, RBC Capital Markets, Software.org: the BSA Foundation, State Farm®, Synchrony, The Walt Disney Company, Twitter, United Technologies, Viacom, Walmart, WarnerMedia, Warner Bros., Workday, WW, and Xandr. University hosts include Georgetown Law, The Idea Center at Miami Dade College, and NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

“We’re beyond thrilled to kickoff the seventh year of our Summer Immersion Program, and to bring even more girls into this incredible sisterhood we’ve built,” said Dr. Tarika Barrett, Chief Operating Officer of Girls Who Code. “Year after year, girls leave our programs with the coding and leadership skills they need to enter and thrive in the technology workforce. And of course, none of this would be possible without the incredible support of our corporate and foundation partners.”

This marks the seventh year of programming for the organization’s flagship Summer Immersion Program. The program began in 2012 in New York City, offering rising 11th and 12th grade girls 300+ hours of immersive computer science instruction. In total, Girls Who Code will run 81 Summer Immersion Programs at partner companies and college campuses in 17 different markets this summer.

Girls Who Code programs have reached 185,000 girls to date. The organization is also actively expanding internationally, with free after school clubs available in the U.S, Canada, the U.K. and, later this year, in India.

Throughout the course of the 7-week Summer Immersion Program, 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.

Half of girls served by Girls Who Code are from historically underrepresented groups (HUGs)—girls who are Black, Latina, or from low-income households. Girls Who Code currently has nearly 30,000 College-Aged Alumni (CAA). 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.

To visit a Summer Immersion Program in the area, please contact [email protected].

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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, and College Loops program, 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 185,000 girls to date through its programs and 100 million people through campaigns, advocacy work, and New York Times best-selling series. To join the movement or learn more, visit girlswhocode.com.

CONTACT:
[email protected]