Tech jobs are among the fastest growing in the country, but girls are being left behind. While interest in computer science wanes over time, the dip typically happens between the ages of 13-17.
National nonprofit organization, Girls Who Code, aims to support and increase the number of women in computer science. By running programs during the academic year, the organization teaches high school girls computing skills such as programming, robotics, and web design with sessions including projects and trips to major tech companies like Facebook and Twitter.
For those in the San Francisco Bay Area, the nonprofit kicked off its 2017 Summer Immersion Program in partnership with the following: Adobe and the Adobe Foundation, Amazon, Autodesk, Electronic Arts, Facebook, Ford Motor Company, GE Digital, GoDaddy, IBM , Intuit, Lifelock, Microsoft, Moody’s, Pivotal, Pixar, Sephora, Twitter, and Workday.
Participants for the Girls Who Code 2016 Summer Immersion Program. Photo credit: Darryl Wong, Adobe.
And it’s not just the California girls who will be able to enjoy this opportunity. According to Girls Who Code, the 2017 Summer Immersion Programs will reach 1,600 high school girls across 80 programs in 11 cities, including: Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.