Girls Who Code Launches Application for All-Virtual 2022 Summer Programs for High School Students

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New York, NY -- (February 18, 2022) - Girls Who Code, the international nonprofit working to close the gender gap in technology, recently launched the 2022 applications for free, virtual summer opportunities for high school students. As a response to the pandemic, all programs have been adapted to meet the needs of students while maximizing accessibility and flexibility.

Programs include the 2-week Summer Immersion Program (SIP), which hosts students in live, virtual classrooms led by mentors from industry-leading companies. Students learn the real-world impact of computer science skills through HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, while also getting an inside look into the tech industry. Being mindful that Girls Who Code students, half of whom come from historically underrepresented groups, often have part-time jobs or caregiving responsibilities, the organization is also offering a flexible Self-Paced Program (SPP). Students are able to earn beginner-level badges in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript for web development or an intermediate-level badge in Python for cybersecurity through independent study and real-world projects.

“Girls Who Code’s summer programming has always been essential to turning early interest in computer science into real-world momentum through college and to a career in the tech industry,” said Tarika Barrett, CEO of Girls Who Code. “Our commitment to all-virtual programming in 2022 allows us to reach and support more students than ever before, especially those who typically lack access to such immersive experiences. We’re grateful for the support of our partners who will serve as mentors and role models for our students, and share our vision of a more equitable tech workforce.”

Girls Who Code Virtual Summer Programs are sponsored by major companies including: Accenture, Ansys, Autodesk, Bank of America, BlackRock, Cadence Design Systems, Inc., Citizens, CNA Insurance, Craig Newmark Philanthropies, Credit Suisse, dentsu, The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC), Dreamhaven, Electronic Arts, EY, Fiserv, Ford Motor Company, Frost Giant Studios, GDIT, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Intuit, Johnson & Johnson, JPMorgan Chase & Co., K1 Investment Management, KPMG LLP, Lightforge Games, Logitech, Lulus, Mainframe Industries, Match Group, Moody's, Morgan Stanley, Paramount, Pfizer Inc., Procter & Gamble, Prudential Financial, Raid Base, Raytheon Technologies, Riot Games, S&P Global, Snap Inc, the BSA Foundation, State Farm, Stellantis, StepStone Group, Synchrony, Travelers, Webflow, Wells Fargo, Xandr, Yum! Brands, and Zotec Partners.

“This summer, Raytheon Technologies will host more than 350 Girls Who Code students from around the world," said Vince Campisi, Chief Digital Officer & SVP, Enterprise Services, Raytheon Technologies. "We are excited to partner with these talented individuals and help them apply software and technology skills toward creating a safer more connected world. Our employees are excited to help these young women redefine what a programmer looks like and build the skills needed to succeed in the workforce of tomorrow.

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

About Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code is an international nonprofit working to close the gender gap in technology and leading the movement to inspire, educate, and equip students who identify as girls or non-binary with the computing skills they need to pursue 21st-century opportunities.

Since launching in 2012, Girls Who Code has reached 450,000 girls through our in-person programming and we have nearly 90,000 college-aged alumni. We have sparked culture change through marketing campaigns and advocacy efforts, generating 13 Billion engagements globally. In 2018, the organization was named the #1 Most Innovative Non-Profit on Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies list.

Follow the organization on social media @GirlsWhoCode.