Girls Who Code
Annual Report 2017
Annual Report 2017
When I started Girls Who Code, I never would have imagined that we would grow to become a movement reaching almost 90,000 girls of all backgrounds in all 50 states.
And now, just six years into our work, we’ve reached a tipping point.
We are on track to achieve gender parity in entry level computer science jobs by 2027. And we know why: because our work is as much about quantity, as it is about quality. We scale our programs to reach more girls in more places, and give them the chance to forge lifelong bonds so they may persist in computer science.
It’s incredible. But for us, parity is really just the beginning.
We’ve reached a moment unmatched in our history, a moment as full of anger and anguish as it is promise and potential. Women and girls across the country are coming together to correct centuries-long power imbalances across lines of gender, race, sexuality, and more.
Girls Who Code is proud to be a part of this movement, and even prouder because our girls - girls of all races and ethnicities and abilities and zip codes - are leading it.
They are solving problems in their communities, empowering their friends, and defining the future of our world.
We’re thrilled to be giving them the tools they need to get there.
I hope you’ll join us and make sure every girl has the chance to change her world - our world - for the better. Thank you for your support.
We offer learning opportunities for our students and alumni to deepen their computer science skills as well as their confidence.
Our programs create clear pathways for our alumni from middle and high school into the computing workforce.
We build a supportive sisterhood of peers and role models who help our students and alumni persist and succeed.
CUMULATIVE GIRLS SERVED BY GIRLS WHO CODE
GIRLS WHO CODE HAS REACHED NEARLY
Based on people reached through our book series, website, videos and social media.
Our after school clubs, run by volunteer facilitators in communities across the country, give 6-12th grade girls the chance to explore coding in a fun and friendly environment.
Girls Who Code makes me feel brave because I’m confident in myself; I know that I can do it. I’m a 12-year-old, and usually I have to listen to an adult—but now I know that girls can be inspired to try new things and know they can be engineers.”
I started two Clubs last year. I’ve found that I get the most satisfaction from making sure other girls know that these doors are open to them and helping them to find opportunities to succeed themselves in STEM.”
Girls Who Code launched a Facilitator training program so that anyone can start and run a Club.
Girls Who Code provides an inclusive computer science club for creative and intellectually curious girls, who have a strong interest in art and computers and a diagnosis of autism. The Club provides a unique approach to building social skills and independence during key developmental stages of social and emotional growth.”
I hear the girls say things like, 'We were trying to pick our impact project,' and the project they picked was to develop an app or a website to help people find a local psychiatrist or psychologist for mental health. [Girls Who Code] helps the girls with their confidence, but it will also help society.”
Our 7-week Summer Immersion Programs (SIPs) teach 11th and 12th grade girls computer science skills, provide them with exposure to tech jobs, and offer them a supportive sisterhood of thousands of girls across the U.S.
My group made Roadmap, a checklist that helps refugees come to the United States. It’s very difficult for a refugee to even know how to come to the United States... I was like, 'I have to do this. People need this.'”
At Twitter, I realized I actually love to code and am darn good at it! I had amazing female black and Latina mentors who are engineers and showed me that I can be a successful woman of color in the tech world.”
I felt like I needed to introduce myself to the world of technology. I was tired of being the user behind the scene and my brother always showing me how to do things. I wanted to be independent, to be able to show him how to code for once.”
The first four books in our series with Penguin are out now! Two New York Times Best Sellers. Nine books to come in 2018.
With the launch of our newest program, Campus, girls aged 10-18 can dive even deeper into coding with courses including Introduction to Computer Science, Website Design & Development, Wearable Tech & Fashion Design, and iPhone App Development.
Campus condenses our award-winning curriculum into an accelerated 10-day summer course.
WEBSITE DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE
WEARABLE TECH & FASHION DESIGN
IPHONE APP DEVELOPMENT
Girls Who Code is working with state and federal lawmakers to advocate for policies that track and report computer science classroom diversity and increase the participation of girls, especially those from underrepresented groups, in computer science classes.
This year, we convened the Girls Who Code Female Governors’ Summit with Sheryl Sandberg at Facebook, held a hackathon at the National Governors' Association Conference, and announced a partnership with Governor Hogan of Maryland for the nation's first Governor's Club challenge.
Girls Who Code values diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential to our mission. We focus our work not only on gender diversity but also on young women who are historically underrepresented in computer science fields.SEE FULL DIVERSITY STATEMENT
*This includes girls who are Black, Latina, and from low-income households.
Our alumni are entering college and declaring majors in large numbers for the first time in our six-year history. We have approximately 5,000 college-aged alumni.
Our alumni who have already declared their majors are choosing to major in CS, or related fields, at a rate 15 times the national average.
Our outreach to historically underrepresented groups - particularly girls who are Black, Latino, or from low-income households - is paying off, too.
Our Black and Latina alumni are choosing to major in CS or related fields at a rate 16 times the national average.
Served To Date!
In 2017, our partners received 500+ applications for positions they posted on #HireMe, our job and internship platform.
It didn’t take me long to fall in love with the atmosphere of working in tech. I was actually hired at Adobe through the Girls Who Code #HireMe portal. I loved my internship experience the first summer and knew I wanted to return.”
Learning how to code turned out to be simple and it gave me a way to show my versatility in the world of STEM. I'm a lot more confident than I used to be!”
At the start of 2017, Pivotal reached out to its Girls Who Code alumni and offered me a paid summer internship opportunity to write software. I wasn’t sure, but I applied anyway. Before I knew it, I was offered a job!”
In our next five years, Girls Who Code will launch initiatives that bring us closer to our goal of achieving gender parity in computer science by 2027, while also reinforcing our organization as a clear leader in the global movement for equality.
We know just how important it is to give girls access to computer science at a young age, so we're launching 3rd to 5th grade Clubs!
And we're learning from our alumni about how important it is for them to stay connected to one another so we're piloting College Loops - an easy way for alumni to engage with one another and persist through CS in college.
We plan to expand our Summer Immersion Programs, launch Campus in new markets, double the number of after-school Clubs in cities across the U.S., and develop our international presence.
We are committed to building our movement through our books, merchandising, and forthcoming Global Girls Summit.
And our advocacy efforts, a new component of our work, will help us guarantee that states are working to attract girls to and retain them in computer science.
We’re proud of the growth of our Girls Who Code program over the last five years, hosting 280 girls to support the mission of bringing more young women into the tech industry. Last summer we were lucky to have 11 alumni as interns. We’re excited to continue our support and watch these young women do amazing things.”
Director, Talent Selection, Products & Technology, Adobe
Our employees have embraced our partnership by facilitating clubs in their communities, volunteering as speakers, and hosting field trips for the girls. Dell believes that GWC programs make an impact on young women's lives and in the future we hope to have GWC alums working at Dell.”
SVP Corporate Responsibility, Dell
Our Citrix sponsored classroom with the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program inspired almost 80% to pursue a Computer Science Degree. Citrix understands that in order for us to Transform the Future we must present girls the opportunity of a STEM education to accelerate innovation. Citrix is honored to partner with Girls Who Code to inspire more girls to pursue careers in technology.”
SVP, Chief People Officer, Office of the President, Citrix
Introducing more young women to the STEM fields is vital to our future. For that reason, the Kate Spade & Company Foundation and NYU Tandon School of Engineering chose to partner with Girls Who Code. Girls Who Code has provided a foundation for young women to gain the necessary abilities to not only code, but problem solve in a rapidly evolving world. We are excited to partner with Girls Who Code and continue our work promoting gender, socioeconomic and ethnic diversity.”
Director, Kate Spade & Company Foundation, Director, Philanthropic Programs
Executive Director of Marketing & Communications, NYU Tandon School of Engineering
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UNIVERSITY & HOST PARTNERS (2017)
In March, we celebrated 5 years working to close the gender gap in tech. Together, we raised $800,000!
to the generosity of our supporters, we raised nearly $400,000 through our end-of-year giving campaign.
As a guy who codes for a living, it makes me so happy to see an organization like this one helping to increase diversity in our industry.”
This is my fourth year of being a Girls Who Code Club teacher-facilitator. I would love for there to be a GWC club in every middle school and high school!”
Everyone deserves an opportunity for the future and because better choices are made when we have more diverse opinions in play.”