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Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program reaches five year milestone

New York, NY (January 17, 2017) – Girls Who Code, the national nonprofit working to close the gender gap in technology, today announced its fifth 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’s Summer Immersion Program has reached over 3,200 girls to-date. This year the organization’s first group of alumni will graduate college, marking a historic year for the organization as its first participants enter the workforce.

Girls Who Code will offer 76 free Summer Immersion Programs in 2017 sponsored by 39 major companies and philanthropic foundations serving over 1,400 girls. Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Programs will be held in 11 U.S. cities, including: Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, New York, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle and Washington, DC. Applications are now open for all 11 cities beginning today.

“Computing skills are a critical path to security and prosperity in today’s job market,” said Girls Who Code Founder and CEO, Reshma Saujani. “Computing jobs are some of the fastest-growing and highest paying in our country, yet girls continue to be left behind. Access to a computer science education can bring women into a thriving innovation economy and give families a real shot at the middle class. I want to thank the companies and foundations that have really doubled down on efforts this year to give girls the chance to prosper in today’s economy.” 

“Girls Who Code jump-started my career in Computer Science by not only teaching me how to build an app but also providing me with role models and a community,” said Diana Navarro, an alumna from Girls Who Code’s inaugural 2012 Summer Immersion Program. “Before Girls Who Code, I’d never met a female software engineer. After connecting with and learning from so many females working in technology, I was inspired to pursue my interest in Computer Science. I now plan to work as a software engineer after I graduate!”

Alumni of Girls Who Code have already gone on to pursue computer science degrees at top universities and secure paid technical internships working alongside professionals in the field. Three students from Girls Who Code’s inaugural 2012 Summer Immersion Program will graduate college this year. All three students are majoring in Computer Science at top universities, including University of Michigan, New York Institute of Technology, and SUNY Albany. In the last five years, the organization has served girls in all 50 states and will have reached approximately 40,000 girls by the end of the 2016-2017 academic year.

The organizations sponsoring Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program participants in 2017 are: Accenture; Adobe and the Adobe Foundation; AIG; Akamai; Amazon; AOL Charitable Foundation; AppNexus; AT&T; Autodesk; BlackRock; Electronic Arts; Facebook; GE Digital; Goldman Sachs; IAC; IBM; Intuit; he John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Kate Spade & Company Foundation; Microsoft; Moody’s; Pivotal; Prudential Financial, Inc.; Sephora; Software.org, The BSA Foundation; Synchrony Financial; TripAdvisor; Twitter; Verizon; Viacom; The Walt Disney Company; and The Workday Foundation. New partners hosting Girls Who Code programs this year include Bank of America, Pfizer, Salesforce.org and State Farm.

University hosts include: Florida International University; Foothill College; Georgetown University; The Idea Center at Miami Dade College; University of Illinois at Chicago; New Jersey Institute of Technology; and the USC Marshall School of Business.

To apply for a place in this year’s Summer Immersion Program, go to girlswhocode.com/SIPapply.