Girls Who Code is a free computer science club for high school girls in the Waterbury area aimed at closing the gender gap in IT
Information technology (IT) is a booming sector of the economy. All professions, including traditionally female professions in health and education, are being re-imagined through technology. Those with IT abilities will enjoy a distinct advantage in the job market.
But girls are lagging behind. Nationally, computer programming classes attract fewer than 10% of girls. And while 20% of male college freshmen intend to major in computer science, only 4% of females do (National Center for Women & Information Technology).
Waterbury Youth Services' "Girls Who Code" program helps close this gender gap. Club members learn computer software on Fridays from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. in our computer lab. They also participate in field trips, team projects, and hear from multiple guest speakers in IT. Graduates will demonstrate mastery of beginner coding through their ability to complete the curriculum, and to develop, as a team, a project such as a website, app, or game.
Below: Ajia Destiny Riley (WYS "Girls Who Code" student and co-facilitator) and Stephanie Simms (Instructor and Waterbury Career Academy Teacher) speak about what the WYS Girls Who Code program means to them.