If you’ve heard of Girls Who Code, you’re probably thinking: “Wait – they’re in New York City!” And you’d be right – this groundbreaking organization was founded last year in Manhattan by Reshma Saujani, the City’s former Deputy Public Advocate. Girls Who Code aims to achieve gender parity in the computer science field by encouraging young girls to explore coding, programming, and other tech-related classes. Their intensive immersion programs target low-income and underrepresented high school girls, who receive more than 300 hours of training in robotics, coding and design, as well as mentorships and real-world experience with some of the tech industry’s leading female entrepreneurs, engineers, and innovators. It’s an impressive model, and it’s effective, with high retention rates and attention from industry partners like Gilt Group’s Susan Lyne and Twitter’s Dick Costolo
And now, the San Francisco tie-in: Girls Who Code has been so successful, they launched 5 new program sites this year, including their new SF site colocated with Code for America. With funders and partners like Google, Palantir, and Sequoia Capital located just down the 101, GWC has already wrapped up their summer immersion session, and we can’t wait to hear about what other new programming and projects they have planned for the Bay Area and beyond.