Girls Who Code is the national non-profit that works to inspire, educate and equip girls with the skills to pursue 21st century opportunities. Our vision is to reach gender parity in computing and technology sectors.
Girls Who Code Clubs are free after-school programs for 6-12th grade girls to use computer science to impact their community and join our sisterhood of supportive peers and role models. Clubs meet 2 hours per week after school or on weekends during the academic year.
Clubs can be hosted in schools, universities, libraries, community centers, faith-based organizations, or nonprofits.
They are led by Facilitators, who can be teachers, computer scientists, librarians, parents, or volunteers from any background or field. Many Facilitators have NO technical experience and learn to code alongside their Club members.
Club girls are prepared for the future of work through the following pillars:
Sisterhood: Club girls join a safe and supportive environment of peers & role models and learn to see themselves as computer scientists. Beyond the Club, girls can tap into an alumni network of tens of thousands of girls across the country who are using computer science to solve problems they care about.
Code: Club girls learn the concepts of loops, variables, conditionals, and functions that form the basis for all programming languages — whether they want to build a website, an app, or a robot. Returning Clubs girls can deepen their programming knowledge through extended activity sets.
Impact: Club girls work in teams to design and build a Computer Science “CS” Impact Project that solves real world problems they care about through code.
For more information about our programs and how to join, please visit our website at www.girlswhocode.com/clubs/ or email Emily Ong, Community Partner Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Space: secure a regular space to accommodate all members of the club, such as a classroom or computer lab.
Computers: provide a desktop or laptop computer to all members of the club. sorry, tablets and phones not allowed.
Internet: our curriculum depends on reliable internet access for all participants of the club throughout the year.
In order to launch a GWC Club, you must identify leadership that can do the following. Ideally, these responsibilities are overseen by one person.
Handle administrative details of the Club such as securing space, recruiting students, and liaising with Girls Who Code
Lead the Club through the Girls Who Code curriculum for 1-2 hours each week. Many Facilitators have NO technical experience and learn to code alongside their Club members. That’s why we use the term “Facilitator” instead of “teacher.” Learn how Girls Who Code supports Club Facilitators by visiting our website at www.girlswhocode.com/clubs.
In order to start a Club, you must:
1) Be over 18 years old
2) Be employed by a nonprofit host site located within the United States, or have a point of contact that is employed by the host site.
3) Serve girls between 6-12th grade
Once you confirm your eligibility, you can fill out our application (estimated length: 10 minutes).
Once your Club application is approved, you’ll receive:
1) 120+ hours of curriculum, activity sets, and an online learning management system
2) Recruitment materials, including student and volunteer flyers
3) Program management support, including field trip and grant opportunities
4) Facilitator trainings, resources, and real-time support
If you have any questions on how to launch a Girls Who Code Club at your school, library, or community center, please reach out to Emily Ong, Community Program Manager, at email@example.com.