Girls Who Code

Program Description

Girls Who Code's mission to close the gender gap in technology and change the image of what a programmer looks like and does by providing girls and non-binary students with the opportunity to explore coding in a fun and friendly environment of peers and role models where students learn to see themselves as computer scientists. Specifically, students learn the concepts of loops, variables, conditionals, and functions that form the basis of all programming languages. GWC aims at addressing the role historical and institutional barriers, particularly racial bias and discrimination, play in the widening gender gap in computer science and who has access to opportunities in computer science and technology. Girls Who Code focuses not only on gender diversity but also on young women who are historically underrepresented in computer science fields.

Program Objectives

  1. Expose girls to various STEAM fields through service-learning, field trips, and interaction with STEAM professionals to learn about STEAM subjects and careers.

  2. Increase girls experience with and understanding of computer science and technology and its application, as well as an understanding of business concepts and entrepreneurship

  3. Increase girls’ knowledge and interest in technology while furthering their interest in other STEM careers

  4. Introduce girls to computer science and programming to encourage the pursuit of careers in computer science and technology


  • Bravery - We believe being brave is about being resilient, persistent, and ambitious.

  • Sisterhood - We believe that diverse ability, culture, identity, and opinion makes our organization stronger.

  • Activism - We’re not just preparing our girls to enter the workforce - we’re preparing them to lead it, to improve it, to completely and totally transform it.

Program Requirements

  • Must be enrolled in a participating school district or have a membership with a community partner

  • Must be in grades 3 - 12

  • Must be able to participate in club activities 1-2 hours per week