For: Out-of-School Time, Parents, Students

Resource Type(s): Out-of-School Time Programs, School Year Programs, Summer Programs, Weekend Programs, Year Long Programs

Grade Band: Elementary, High School, Middle School

Subject(s): Computer Science, Science, Technology

Black Girls CODE envisions a world where girls of color ages 7 to 17 are empowered to become innovators in STEAM fields, leaders in their communities, and builders of their own futures through exposure to computer science and technology. They inspire girls to become not only tech consumers but also creators.

The goal is to provide African-American youth with the skills to occupy some of the 1.4 million computing job openings expected to be available in the U.S. by 2020, and to train 1 million girls by 2040. By reaching out to the community through workshops and after school programs, Black Girls CODE introduces computer coding lessons to young girls from underrepresented communities in programming languages such as Scratch or Ruby on Rails.

Black Girls CODE hosts weekend workshops, after school Code Clubs, summer camps, field trips and other enrichment activities.  By teaching the girls programming and game design, the program begins a lifelong process of developing a true love for technology and the self-confidence that comes from understanding the greatest tools of the 21st century.

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