Black Girls CODE aims to increase the number of women of color in the digital space by empowering girls of color aged 7 to 17 to become innovators in STEM fields, leaders in their communities, and builders of their own futures through exposure to computer science and technology. Through community outreach, such as workshops and after-school programs, Black Girls CODE introduces underprivileged girls to basic programming skills in languages such as Scratch and Ruby on Rails. The skills they acquire through the programs give these young women a chance at well-paying professions with prestigious companies, as well as the ability to enter into the field as entrepreneurs and leaders of technology.
Plus: For girls interested in technology, mobile apps, and games, Black Girls CODE hosts community-oriented “girls-only” hackathons, which allow girls of all experience levels to participate in creating solutions to social issues within their communities while they build their skills, confidence, and experience—and have lots of fun! These hackathons are open to girls aged 12–17. Girls attending a hackathon will learn how to brainstorm as a team, conduct research on their ideas, and design an app. Experienced mentors work with teams over a weekend to build their mobile apps and digital tools. At the end of the hackathon, teams demonstrate their solutions on stage, receiving feedback from judges, and become eligible for prizes!
On February 20, 2020, DiscoverE’sGirl Day, thousands of people—engineers, educators, and others—will act as role models, facilitate engineering activities, and educate girls about how engineers change the world. Key findings from DiscoverE’s reportDespite the Odds found that this simple formula helps girls develop an interest in engineering, builds confidence in their problem-solving skills, and creates a STEM identity.
The ProjectCSGIRLS competition encourages girls to develop projects that disrupt the present in a positive way. The contest’s aim is to create a community of creative, talented, and confident young women building the technologies that will shape the future.
The National African American Read-In is the nation’s first and oldest event dedicated to diversity in literature. The initiative was established in 1990 by the National Council of Teachers of English to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month, and since that time, it has reached more than 6 million participants around the world.