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In response to the need to redefine the conversation with our girls regarding futures in technology and science, weVENTURE powered by the Florida Institute of Techonology is launching the national program Girls Who Code in Orlando to shift the landscape of technology.

Girls Who Code, a nationally recognized program, has developed a new model for computer science education, pairing intensive instruction in robotics, web design, and mobile development with high-touch mentorship and exposure led by the industry’s top female engineers and entrepreneurs. By employing a flexible and proven curriculum, we aim to equip girls with concrete technical skills that will provide the foundation for futures in technology. 

The U.S. Department of Labor projects that by 2020, there will be 1.4 million computer specialist job openings. To reach gender parity by 2020, women must fill half of these positions, or 700,000 computing jobs. Anecdotal data tell us that an average of 30% of those students with exposure to computer science will continue in the field. This means that 4.6M adolescent girls will require some form of exposure to computer science education to realize gender parity in 2020. 

Girls Who Code Curriculum 
The Girls Who Code Clubs program centers around a fun, collaborative curriculum designed to teach a wide range of skill sets through multilevel content. Project- based modules include graphic art, video game design, mobile app development, and cryptography, and culminate in a final project of the girl’s choosing that will benefit her community.

Join the Club! 
Space is limited for these two camps. If you are interested in participating as a student, please request an application. We will send you an application to complete and if you are selected, you will receive an acceptance email. Our hope is to eventually expand this program to more students. 

2016 Summer Club Sessions

June Camp: 6/13 – 6/17
August Camp: 8/8 – 8/12
Location
Melrose Center at the Orlando Public Library
101 E. Central Blvd. Orlando, FL 32801

Get Involved!

Become a volunteer and be at the core of the Girls Who Code movement and make computer science education possible for thousands of girls nationwide. Through practical application of a 40-hour curriculum and technical experience, we can empower and equip our Orlando girls with the skills they need to pursue careers in science and technology.

Surveys of past Girls Who Code Club participants have shown that the Club has helped them:

  • Gain confidence in your computer science abilities
  • Make connections with computer science professionals to develop a supportive network to help them pursue education and careers in tech
  • Succeed in working as part of a team
  • Speak comfortably in front of groups, including making pitches and presentations
  • Improve their leadership skills and see our leadership roles
  • Feel welcomed ingot the growing nationwide Girls Who Code community
  • See themselves as budding computers scientists who truly belong in the tech workforce

 

 As a Volunteer Instructor
and/or Career Mentor you will:

  • Expose girls in underserved areas to a comprehensive and unique computer science education
  • Empower young women in computer science and help transform tech into a better, more inclusive industry
  • Develop powerful leadership skills while positively impacting your community
  • Join a community of professionals and high school students who are passionate about gender parity

Together our lead instructor, volunteers, and students are changing the landscape of technology. 

Meet our Girls Who Code Lead Instructor, Cassandra Wilcox. 

Cassandra Wilcox is a full stack JavaScript developer and cofounder of Orlando startup, Code Hangar, Inc. As a lady developer for more than 8 years, Cassandra has become passionate about building environments that invite and empower women to assert their talents in software and technology. This summer she looks forward to introducing young women to the world of computer science and application development as lead instructor for Orlando’s 2016 Girls Who Code club program.

As a Lead Instructor, Cassandra shares a dedication to making a difference by being part of something bigger than her. She is building the gender parity in computer science. She is integral in forming the Club by leading student recruitment and providing practical support to volunteer instructors. 

Proud Community Partners
With the support of our invested community partners, help equip high school girls with 21st century tools for innovation and social change to ensure the economic prosperity for women, families, and communities in the the Orlando area. weVENTURE would like to thank our partners and sponsors who help make Girls Who Code possible in Orlando.