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Jun

Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Programs Return to Washington, D.C.

Six programs launch at major technology, professional services, financial companies and foundations in the region
Historic year for the organization as its first participants enter the workforce

WASHINGTON, D.C. (JUNE 26, 2017)Girls Who Code, the national nonprofit working to close the gender gap in technology, kicked off its 2017 Summer Immersion Program today in Washington, D.C. in partnership with AT&T, Lockheed Martin, Oath Foundation (Formerly AOL Charitable Foundation), Salesforce.org and Software.org: The BSA Foundation. Georgetown University serves as a program host in the region. 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. 2017 Summer Immersion Programs will reach 1600 rising 11th and 12th grade girls this summer across 80 programs in 11 cities, including: Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, New York, the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle and Washington, D.C. A total of six Summer Immersion Programs teaching 120 girls will be running in the Washington, D.C. area this year, from June 26 – August 11, 2017. To visit a Summer Immersion Program in the area, please contact Christina Honeysett: christina@girlswhocode.com, 914-424-3356.

“Technology is about to change everything about the way we live and work,” 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 get 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.”

2017 marks the fifth year of programming for Girls Who Code’s flagship Summer Immersion Program. The Summer Immersion Program is a 7-week computer science course that embeds classrooms in major media and tech companies. 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. 93% of Summer Immersion Program participants plan to major or minor in computer science or closely related field and 84% of program graduates said they are likely to pursue a career in technology or a computing field.

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. 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. In the last five years, the organization has served girls in all 50 states and will reach over 40,000 girls by the end of the year.

To view our 2016 Summer Immersion Program final project gallery, visit: http://projects.girlswhocode.com/

About Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code is a national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology. Through its Summer Immersion Program and Clubs, Girls Who Code is leading the movement to inspire, educate, and equip young women with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities. By the end of year, Girls Who Code will reach 40,000 girls in every US state. Additional information is available at www.girlswhocode.com.

Photo: Girls Who Code 2016 Summer Immersion Program participants gather in Washington, D.C.  Credit: Software.org: The BSA Foundation