Overview

Girls Who Code offers free after-school programs for 3rd-5th and 6th-12th grade girls to join our sisterhood of supportive peers and role models using computer science to change the world. These are our core values:

Sisterhood

Join a safe and supportive environment of peers and role models where girls learn to see themselves as computer scientists.

Code

Learn the concepts of loops, variables, conditionals and functions that form the basis for all programming languages.

Impact

Work in teams to design a computer science impact project that solves real world problems the girls care about.

Why Girls Who Code Clubs?

The Problem: Computing is where the jobs are — and where they will be in the future — but our girls are being left behind.

Our Impact

Girls Who Code values diversity, equity and inclusion as essential to our mission. We focus our work not only on gender diversity but also on young women who are historically underrepresented in computer science fields.

of girls served come from Historically Under represented Groups.*

* This includes girls who are Black, Latina, and from low-income households.

Results

15X

Our alumni who have already declared their majors are choosing to major in CS, or related fields, at a rate 15 times the national average.

Curriculum

Our curriculum is designed for students with a wide range of computer science experience. We have activities for girls with zero computer science experience all the way up to activities that introduce college-level concepts. The broad set of soft and hard skills we teach are:

  • Teamwork
  • Confidence
  • Time Management
  • Communication
  • Functions
  • Variables
  • Conditionals
  • Loops

What will I make or do?

As a central part of your Clubs experience, you’ll work with your Club on a Computer Science Impact Project, where you’ll use computer science to solve a problem relevant to your Club and community. Through this project, you’ll also learn the fundamental computer science concepts of loops, variables, conditionals and functions that form the basis for all computer programming languages while also building your teamwork and leadership skills.

See student projects

Volunteer for the Movement

Girls Who Code Clubs are led by Facilitators, who are 18+ and can be teachers, computer scientists, librarians, parents, college students or volunteers from any background or field. Many Facilitators have no technical experience and learn to code alongside their Club members. That’s why we use the term Facilitator instead of teacher. Our Club Facilitators guide Club girls through the curriculum, helping them to build sisterhood within the Club and learn to use computer science to impact their community.

Start a Club

Clubs are led by Facilitators, who can be teachers, computer scientists, librarians, parents, or volunteers from any background or field. Many Facilitators have no technical experience and learn to code alongside their Club members.

Our organization relies on collaboration with community partners to drive our work. Our Clubs Community Partners focus on launching multiple Clubs within their network to reach even more girls in their community.

Want to volunteer to lead a Club but not employed by or affiliated with a non-profit? Here are some next steps for you:

  • Check out our Start a Club Toolkit for tips to reach out to a school, library or other non-profit in your community.
  • Fill out the application and see if there are Clubs in your area looking for additional Facilitators! Select “I want to volunteer with a Club, but I don’t have a Club Code.”

 

Getting started

Getting started checklist:

  • I have space to host at a school, library, university or other non-profit.
  • I have 1-2 hours to host sessions each week.
  • I have access to tech – required for 6th-12th grade, optional for 3rd-5th grade Clubs. 
  • I pass the background check.
  • I am over 18 years old.

Clubs at a Glance

Community Partner

Or, become a community partner to launch multiple Clubs across your network.