Description

Girls Who Code is a community that gathers young women in peer-to-peer activities. With clubs, learning resources, and challenges, they encourage girls to take their first steps in computer science confidently.

To participate, you can join a club and enter sisterhoods in the United States, Canada, India, and the United Kingdom. They reached 400K+ girls from all over the world through in-person and online activities, inspiring them to build a better future.

Clubs are restricted to girls from grades 3 to 12, and it's completely free to join as a facilitator. If you want to start a club, you need to commit 1-2 hours per week to host sessions. Besides, it's a requirement to be over 18 years old and have the space to host a non-profit.

As a facilitator, you get access to the learning activities for free. This includes webinars to help girls develop a successful career in programming.

Join to be part of a positive impact in your local community, and explore spaces to connect with successful women in tech.

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Details
  • Membership: Free Community
  • Year Founded: 2010
  • Founders:

    Reshma Saujani

  • Amount of members: 450,000
  • Online Group: Yes
  • Online Platform: Own Platform
  • Job board: No
  • Language: English
  • ONG: Yes
  • Method: In Person, Virtual
Benefits

Impact your local community:
As a facilitator, you'll have the chance to lead programming activities for young girls. Some members of the Girls Who Code programs and clubs said this community has been essential to the development of their interest in technology. It's a great opportunity to train your leadership skills and help young women start a computer science career.

Learn along with your club members:
You don't need experience to lead a club and become a facilitator. They will give you tools and guidance to successfully lead a sisterhood and accompany girls while learning programming fundamentals. Indeed, plenty of facilitators forges their programming skills with the community's programs.

Participate in summer camps and learning programs:
Although the community clubs are for young girls, there are also programs created for high school and college girls. It's an opportunity to build and learn in community beyond clubs.

In-person and online activities:
Clubs are hosted in local chapters, but there are also online programs designed to help students from all over the world. You can join regardless of your residency country, and participate in enriching activities with experts and students.

Requirements

To become a facilitator, you need to be over 18 years old and be able to commit 1-2 hours per week to host the community activities.

Place
Learning Events

As a member of the club, you can participate in peer learning activities designed to gain computer science skills. Members also join webinars and Summer Programs for girls and non-binary high school students. You can enroll in a virtual 2-week immersive program, or follow the activities at your own pace. They work 100% online and girls from all over the world are invited to participate.

Networking Events

The clubs have spaces where young women can network and build amazing projects together. Moreover the learning activities, these clubs are a great opportunity to make new friends. They have a fun learning approach, so participants join to learn and have fun at the same time.

On the other hand, these community encourages their members to explore their personal interests and turn them into tech projects. That's why a lot of girls work on fun projects like games and cool apps.

Besides, they host College Loops, which are university-level networks for women in US-based colleges. They meet weekly to support each other in the development of their careers, and to continue learning along with peers sharing the same interests.

On the other hand, becoming a facilitator includes access to a community for teachers, where you can build your professional network and reputation.

Content Library

Girls Who Code has a project gallery with all of the projects the girls are working on.

In addition, when you register as a facilitator, you'll get access to a library of webinars and resources created to help you lead a successful sisterhood.

Impact/ESG

They are a community that supports and encourage young women with computer science learning resources and programs. Besides, they are partnered with IF/THEN to visualize the importance of building a diverse and equitable workspace in the tech industry.

Besides, they are partnered with Apple to support both trans and cis girls working in the field.

Quote

"I was given the opportunity to talk to women who have successful careers in the field. They made me understand that computer science isn’t just about 1’s and 0’s, it’s about combining your interests with technology to better the future." -Myisha Kinberg

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