Founded in 2013, Girls Who Code (GWC) is a national organization dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology. As of 2018, GWC has over 90,000 young women participating in clubs throughout all 50 states. It is estimated that by 2020, 1.4 million jobs will be in the computing related fields, and through the Girls Who Code #HireMe program, GWC alumni have a straight connection to some of the biggest tech names in the industry, including Adobe, IBM, Silicon Valley Labs, Pivotal, and many more. 65% of participants of GWC show an interest in computer-related jobs, and because of how the Girls Who Code program is structured, there is a clear path for GWC alumni into the computing workforce.
In San Marino, the Girls Who Code Club, which is offered from 9th-12th grade, has become a popular club on campus. The club participants are led by different mentors who work at SMHS, JPL, and Caltech. These mentors are 100% volunteers and attend every meeting, as well as prepare and discuss lesson plans for the club.
Because of the diversity in GWC’s mentors, the participants are able to get unparalleled exposure to the computer science and STEM professions, making it one of the most unique clubs at SMHS. The girls have the ability to choose from a range of projects and work as a team to decide on a final project, ranging from coding graphics to cell phone programming. Girls Who Code allows participants to receive one-of-a-kind hands-on-experience in computer coding while in a collaborative environment.
On this year’s #Internationaldayofthegirl, the San Marino Schools Foundation is proud to highlight the amazing work and dedication that the Girls Who Code program participants and mentors, both at San Marino High School and nationally, are doing to close the gender gap in the tech community.
*All information regarding the Girls Who Code national program can be found on their website at girlswhocode.com