Overview

Girls Who Code are 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. Learn more below!

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, Latinx, 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 girls make or do?

As a central part of the Club experience, girls work with one another on an Impact Project, where they use computer science to solve a problem relevant to their Club and community. Through this project, girls learn teamwork and leadership, while also learning the fundamental computer science concepts that form the basis for all computer programming languages: loops, variables, conditionals and functions.

See student projects

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.

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.

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 Individual Clubs Outreach 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.”

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. Become a Community Partner to help launch multiple Clubs across your network!

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Community Partner

For answers to more frequently asked questions, check out our Clubs FAQ!