Empoder Girls Code focuses on increasing the diversity pipeline in tech by engaging local underrepresented (girls, minorities and low-income) students from an early age through comprehensive high quality summer and year-round computer-science education (CSed) programs. We outreach to the local low-income community to actively recruit, engage and train students that have minimal exposure to tech and thus have not previously considered a career in computer-science. In this way, we are preparing a new generation of talent that will substantially increase and diversify the tech pipeline.
With support from a 2015 Google Rise Award, and through partnerships with school districts and local tech companies, we have implemented and piloted a pipeline of CSEd programs that have served over 210 students from Silicon Valley in 2015:
To effectively prepare students from nontraditional backgrounds for success in tech, we have developed and piloted a pipeline of programs that prepare students with a comprehensive foundation in computer-science from 6th-12th grade. These programs include:
After participating in our programs:
“I never in a million years would have ever imagined I would be interested in something related to computers, much less computer programming! I hated computers and video games. But through this class I learned the beauty of writing code and all the things you can do with it. And now I find it fascinating! I love it! ”