WE'RE EMPOWERING GIRLS
by preparing them for high-paying #tech careers
In 2016 we launched Charleston's first Girls Who Code club for middle school girls. We invited female students in the 6th to 8th grades at Sanders-Clyde Creative Arts School, a school with a high percentage of low-income students of color, to join a sisterhood of supportive peers as they learned coding skills and concepts.
Our goal? To economically empower girls, especially girls of color, by enabling them to enter a traditionally white male industry that pays high wages.
Today our original Y Girls Code club members are still active, together attending the Syntax Code & Craft technology conference where they were mentored by women in the tech industry, representing YWCA.GC at events like local parades, visiting the local police department to learn how they use technology to keep Charleston safe, and attending the premiere of the historic blockbuster Black Panther.
Next, we launched three new Y Girls Clubs for elementary school girls: a second club at Sanders-Clyde, and new clubs at Morris Brown A.M.E. Church and Charleston Progressive Academy. In spring 2019, we launched six more Y Girls Code clubs. We've just launched five more for the autumn of 2019. Next, we plan to widen our clubs' age groups to include high school girls.
If you know a girl in elementary school, middle school, or high school who might be interested in exploring technology as a career, send them our way!
AUTUMN Y GIRLS CODE CLUBS | Beginning in late September 2019
Charleston Progressive Academy | Grades 3, 4, 5 (see the flyer)
Memminger Elementary School | Grades 3, 4, 5 (see the flyer)
Stono Park Elementary School | Grades 3, 4, 5 (see the flyer)
Felix Pinckney Community Center | Grades 6, 7, 8 (see the flyer)
College of Charleston | Grades 5-8; contact our CofC hosting partner Kids on Point to sign up!
How you can help
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