Free coding program available for girls

The two-week summer program is geared to girls between the ages of 15-18 who are trans, non-binary, and cisgender

Free coding program available for girls
Girls Who Code Alumni participate in a panel discussion with tech professionals in 2019. photo: Carey Wagner

An international non-profit organization that aims to close the gender gap in technology is offering a free coding program for teen girls this summer. The Summer Immersion Program being offered by Girls Who Code will once again be virtual this year due to the pandemic.

“Last year, in response to COVID-19, Girls Who Code transformed our in-person summer coding programs to a virtual offering in a matter of weeks, making it our highest priority to serve the most vulnerable girls,” said Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code. “We’re thrilled to report that it worked—and that it’s here to stay for 2021.”

Typically a seven-week, in-person program, this year’s edition will take place over two weeks. The experience for girls 15-18 who are trans, non-binary, and cisgender, offers opportunities to learn coding and computer science skills with top companies in tech, finance, and other industries. Students will be given an introduction to HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, and have virtual engagements with the organization’s corporate partners. Students will be supported and encouraged in a community where they can build their interests in coding and tech, and be inspired through video chats with senior women in technology.

The organization expects the program to reach 6,000 students — half of them Black, Latinx, or low-income — in countries around the world.

“Our virtual program this year will incorporate all the same best practices in digital learning that we implemented last year—including shorter days, live and asynchronous instruction, project-based learning, and office hours,” said Dr. Tarika Barrett, COO of Girls Who Code. “And, importantly, we continue to design and refine for the girls who need us most—those lacking access to WiFi, hardware, or adequate learning spaces—so that they can participate in our programs and gain access to the highest-paying, fastest-growing jobs in the global economy.”

Photo credit: Girls Who Code

Three sessions of the two-week program are available:
June 21 – July 2, 2021
July 12 – July 23, 2021
August 2 – August 13, 2021

No prior computer science experience is required to take part in the program. Participants will need access to a computer or laptop with audio and video capabilities, headphones (suggested), internet access, and a safe and quiet space during class time.

Not all applicants are chosen for the program.  Those who are accepted will receive an offer by email.

The application period started February 22, and as spaces fill up quickly, those interested are urged to apply as soon as possible. Applicants will be notified by early-May and those not accepted will be placed on a waiting list and notified as spots become available.

Learn more about the program at girlswhocode.com/intl-virtual-sip

Apply for the Summer Immersion Program at girlswhocodesm.smapply.io

About Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code is an international non-profit organization founded in 2012 working to close the gender gap in technology, and leading the movement to inspire, educate and equip young women with the computing skills needed to pursue 21st-century opportunities. Since launching in 2012, Girls Who Code has reached 500 million people through its work and 300,000 girls through its in-person programming.