As we step into 2021, we dare you to dream.
Black Girls CODE started with the dreams of eight girls who shared six computers learning how to write lines of code back in 2011; the aspiring tech innovators who would pioneer what has become a global movement. We’ve served over 20,000 students globally.
Although we’ve helped so many Future Tech Bosses launch their journeys in STEM, there are more stories waiting to be told and dreams waiting to be fulfilled.
Black Girls CODE was founded on the foundation of dreams. A mother’s dream to create a safe space where her daughter could see herself reflected in STEM and be able to learn and grow alongside girls who look like her. A daughter’s dream to pursue a career in computer science despite the lack of representation. Black Girls CODE was a dream that started in the Bay, and over the span of 10 years, made its way to the shores of South Africa with over 20,000 students served globally. Black Girls CODE envisions a future where Black Girls can have a seat at the tech table. A future where diversity in STEM is the norm, rather than the exception.
Madison joined the Black Girls CODE community in second grade after one of her teachers introduced her to the organization. Her journey with BGC has taught her not only about different facets of technology but how to tap into the power of sisterhood and develop meaningful, lasting friendships. To Madison, being a Black girl who codes means, "to be strong, smart, independent, and courageous."
This year has further illustrated and emphasized the needs of the intersectional communities we serve. With an ever-growing digital divide as schools transition to online instruction, the persistent socio-economic barriers that stand in the way of access to higher education and the stagnancy surrounding racial and gender diversity in Silicon Valley, there is a long way to go on the road towards equality. See what a couple of our 500+ campaign donors have to say about our work and join us in empowering the next generation of tech innovators by helping to spread the word about our BlackGirlsCODETheWorld campaign.
“I’ll be attending Tufts University next fall on an athletic scholarship, where I plan to major in computer engineering. I want to inspire other young black girls like myself to get into STEM and increase our representation in the field!”
“Thank you for your terrific work in introducing young girls to technology and technical careers! The industry desperately needs more diversity and representation, across both gender and race.”
“Thank you so much for the incredible work you're doing. This is how we change the world!”
Black Girls CODE Future Tech Boss Sydney Brown is using technology as a vessel to empower local entrepreneurs in her community. After taking BGC workshops and garnering new skills, the 16-year-old Michigan native launched her own web design business creating websites for small businesses in the Greater Detroit Area.
Join us in empowering the next generation of tech innovators, like Sydney, by helping to spread the word about our BlackGirlsCODETheWorld campaign.