The one-day workshop will focus on the basics of HTML, CSS and basic front-end web development, along with incorporating web and music. It is part of BGC’s Summer of CODE campaign, which has been launched in 10 cities nationwide and has impacted more than 400 young girls of color aged 7 – 17 years old. Determined to “change the ratio” the San Francisco-based nonprofit, Black Girls CODE, provides one-day workshops and weeklong classes introducing young girls to computer programming, robotics, electrical engineering and other areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in inner cities across the nation.
“Our programs are designed to help build a future for very bright and often very isolated young ladies by connecting them with visionary members of the technology community to foster opportunities for their continued exposure to STEM fields and the eventual entry into the workforce as tech entrepreneurs and leaders,” said bioengineering professional Kimberly Bryant, founder of Black Girls CODE.
“Black Girls Code is helping to create a new paradigm in the technology field by arming young girls of color with skills to be producers of technologies,”
During the “Build a Webpage” workshop, BGC will use Mozilla tools such as Hackasaurus and Thimble to introduce more than 80 students to basic programming and development.
"We're extremely proud to work with and learn from Black Girls Code," said Mozilla's Executive Director, Mark Surman. "Mozilla is committed to building a new generation of digital creators, coders and web makers, partnering with others who share our vision for a more web-literate world. Black Girls Code is a perfect example."
Also, a complimentary technology career panel for parents is planned, including entrepreneurs, corporate representatives, and educational leaders in the industry. The panel, “Imagine the Impact: Guiding your Child into a Career in Technology,”
The panel is designed to help parents navigate the waters of raising future coders and programmers by providing career insight, advice on continuing education, and information on various community programs and internships that can support children from the elementary through the collegiate level. Parent will also have the opportunity to attend the inaugural Women’s Interactive Conference which being hosted on Spelman’s campus Oct. 13, as well.
The long-term mission of BGC is to introduce girls of color (African American, Hispanic and Native American) to STEM and allow them to envision themselves as tech creators and builders. “Although the digital divide is steadily eroding, tremendous barriers remain for the entry of women and minorities into the various technology and STEM fields,” commented Ms. Bryant, a bioengineering professional. According to the U.S. Department of Labor by 2015, 80% of the new jobs introduced in America will require a technical degree and sadly disparities amongst women and minorities in computer science and other STEM fields are very pronounced.
A 2012 report conducted by NSF Science and Engineering Indicators, and NSF Women, Minorities and People with Disabilities, reveals that Hispanics make up more than 15 percent of the U.S. population but earn less than 7 percent of bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science. African Americans, about 13 percent of the population, earn less than 5 percent of these degrees. For women in these demographics the statistics are even less. Black Girls CODE is motivated to shift these statistics by feeding the STEM pipeline and providing young girls of color a community of supporters, educators and an environment where they are not the only person who looks like them in the room.
"ThoughtWorks is thrilled to be partnering with Black Girls CODE (BGC). As a global information technology consultancy and product development firm that has always advocated for social and economic justice, we live every day knowing how important diversity is for establishing a great team that can spark the next innovative product or solution. We're absolutely delighted to see so many students walk away from BGC classes feeling empowered to do more on their own! Planting that seed of curiosity and empowerment is a critical step towards a bold new future for these girls and the IT industry as a whole," said Grant Joung, ThoughtWorks San Francisco office principal.
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About Spelman College
Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a highly selective, liberal arts college widely recognized as the global leader in the education of women of African descent. Located in Atlanta, Ga., the College’s picturesque campus is home to 2,100 students. Outstanding alumnae include Children's Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman; Sam’s Club CEO Rosalind Brewer; JPMorgan Chase Foundation President Kimberly Davis; former acting Surgeon General and Spelman’s first alumna President Audrey Forbes Manley; Harvard College Dean Evelyn Hammonds; author and playwright Pearl Cleage; and actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson. For more information, visit www.spelman.edu
About Black Girls CODE
Since 2011, Black Girls CODE has been committed to providing girls from underrepresented communities’