Girls Who Code Announces 2023 Summer Programs for High School and Alumni Students

Girls Who Code Announces 2023 Summer Programs for High School and Alumni Students

New York, NY - (February 16, 2023) — Girls Who Code, an international nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in tech, announced their 2023 Summer Programs, free, virtual opportunities for 9th-12th grade students. Summer Programs are a vital part of Girls Who Code’s continuous efforts to make coding education accessible and flexible for students of all backgrounds, including those from historically underrepresented groups in Black, Latinx, and low-income communities.

As part of Girls Who Code’s commitment to providing students with resources about the many pathways into a STEM career, this year's programs have been updated to include curriculum options on Gaming and Data Science. Our 2-week Summer Immersion Program (SIP) hosts current 9th-11th grade students in live, virtual classrooms supported by mentors from industry-leading companies. The updated curriculum integrates gaming, design, and code in the new Game Design track. Students will have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of user experience (UX) design, rapid prototyping, playtesting and learn about gaming and design careers.

The Self-Paced Program (SPP) is available to current 9th-12th graders who want to learn to code at their own pace. Through independent study and real-world projects, participants can earn intermediate or beginner-level certificates in Cybersecurity or the new Data Science track. Students learn the real-world impact of computer science skills through HTML, CSS, and JavaScript programming while also getting an inside look into the tech industry.

“Our flagship Summer Programs have historically been a huge stepping stone for our students and have turned their early interest in computer science into lifelong curiosity and even careers. Last year, we served over 7000 students across our summer programs alone,” said Tarika Barrett, CEO of Girls Who Code. “As we continue to expand our reach, our curriculum must reflect the immense possibilities that exist within a tech career, so students know that there is room for their passions in tech and that they have the resources to discover new ones.”

Girls Who Code Virtual Summer Programs are sponsored by major companies, including Girls Who Code Virtual Summer Programs are sponsored by major companies, including Accenture, Ansys, Bank of America, BlackRock, Cadence Design Systems, Inc., Citizens, CNA, Craig Newmark Philanthropies, Credit Suisse Services (USA) LLC, Discover Financial Services, Dreamhaven, The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC), Electronic Arts, Fiserv, Ford Innovation & Research Center, FrostGiant, FuzzyBot, General Dynamics Information Technology, HSBC Bank, Intuit, Johnson & Johnson, JPMorgan Chase & Co, KPMG LLP, Lenovo, Lightforge, Logitech, LSEG Foundation (London Stock Exchange Group), Match Group, MetLife and MetLife Foundation, Moody's Corporation, Morgan Stanley, News Corp, Paramount, Pfizer Inc., P&G, Raidbase, Raytheon Technologies, the BSA Foundation, State Farm®, Stellantis, Sword & Wand,Synchrony, Vonage, The Travelers Companies, Inc., UScellular, Wells Fargo, and Yum! Brands.

“Each program provides wonderful opportunities for young women to expand their technical knowledge and learn more about the computer science field,” shared Hari Gopalkrishnan, Chief Information Officer of Retail, Preferred Small Business and Wealth Technology at Bank of America and Girls Who Code board member. “Bank of America has proudly been a Girls Who Code corporate partner since 2017. Whether learning new skills or strengthening programming acumen, Girls Who Code is committed to supporting those interested in exploring careers in STEM and growing the female representation within those industries.”

Participants in all programs can access exclusive alumni benefits and career support for life, including the Hiring Summit, pre-internship programs, and Girls Who Code Talks webinars for career tips and strategies.

About Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code is an international nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in technology and leading the movement to inspire, educate, and equip students who identify as girls or nonbinary with the computing skills needed to pursue 21st-century opportunities. Since launching in 2012, Girls Who Code has served 500,000 students through in-person and virtual programming, and 115,000 of our alumni are college or career-aged.

Girls Who Code has sparked culture change through marketing campaigns and advocacy efforts, generating 14 billion engagements globally. In 2019, the organization was named the #1 Most Innovative Non-Profit on Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies list, and in 2022 was named one of NonProfit Times’ Best Nonprofits to Work For.

Follow the organization on social media @GirlsWhoCode.