12 Days of Good- Day 5: Black Girls Code
In Day 5, we continue yesterday's theme of inspiring girls to get excited about Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM). If you're wondering why I started this '12 Days of Good' series, check out the background on why this is important. Now onto Day 5!
Black Girls Code is a San Francisco-based non-profit that "is devoted to showing the world that black girls can code, and do so much more. By reaching out to the community through workshops and after school programs, BlackGirlsCode introduces computer coding lessons to young girls from underrepresented communities in programming languages such as Scratch or Ruby on Rails. BlackGirlsCode has set out to prove to the world that girls of every color have the skills to become the programmers of tomorrow. By promoting classes and programs we hope to grow the number of women of color working in technology and give underprivileged girls a chance to become the masters of their technological worlds." I love that! That is, in essence, exactly what DIY Girls & what UrbanTxT is doing- bridging the Digital Divide by attacking the problem at the source & exposing youth to technology, coding & making.
As someone who's very proud to have grown up in a predominantly African-American community, I know that Black Girls Code is on point when they say they want to show the world that black girls can code & do so much more. Because they can! Taking it further, the Black & Latino potential in tech is ginormous! Especially when you consider that many traditional entities have not invested in our communities. Oh there's definitely Black & Latino techies blazing a trail but they've gotten there in spite of the lack of investment. Thankfully, that's changing due to a recent surge in social entrepreneurship and social hacking due to a renewed awareness that the Digital Divide still exists. Oh, we still have a LONG way to go but we're inching our way closer thanks to programs & initiatives like this one & so many others. Unfortunately, BGC doesn't have a branch in Los Angeles but look them up if you live elsewhere & if you're an Angeleno, there's plenty of programs doing similar things- you can start with DIY Girls & UrbanTxT. ;)
p.s. The only thing I don't get is why they charge the girls $35 per workshop. But that's just probably me not fully understanding their program model (didn't find any info on that, in particular).