Giving Tuesday: Kode With Klossy 2017 Grantee Spotlight
Building on our mission to foster community and increase access to computer science education for girls around the U.S., Kode With Klossy provided grants this year to innovative women-led organizations and programs designed to encourage more girls to explore tech. Each of these grants helped fund institutional development and the expansion of programs to serve a larger number of girls. Thanks to the incredible work of each of our grantees, an additional 300 girls were able to attend coding programs this summer and fall - diversifying and strengthening the women in tech community.
On Giving Tuesday, we’re proud to spotlight the bold efforts of the first Kode With Klossy grantees:
- Electric Girls
- Girls Inc. of Omaha
- National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) - Aspire IT program
Miami, FL / Nationwide
CoderGals was founded by Rachel Auslander, a seventeen year-old high school student in South Florida. CoderGals' mission is to spark young girls’ interest in coding through fun, creative, and collaborative projects.
Rachel was inspired by research indicating that girls lose interest in STEM before they reach middle school. Once girls opt out, it is harder for them to regain interest later on. CoderGals creates school-based learning clubs where high school mentors teach younger girls how to code in a no-pressure, fun and supportive environment after school. High school mentors receive community service credit for the hours they spend teaching young girls, as well as establishing and maintaining school-based CoderGals chapters.
With support from Kode With Klossy, CoderGals is working to expand their local chapter model to reach a nationwide audience. There are now eleven CoderGals chapters across California, Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, and New Jersey.
New Orleans, LA
Electric Girls is a New Orleans-based program that teaches electronics and coding skills to young girls aged 5 to 14. The organization was founded in Spring 2015 by Flor Serna in response to her experience as the only female engineer at a recording studio out of Loyola University. In two quick years, Electric Girls went from teaching six girls to serving hundreds of girls through summer camps, after-school programs, and weekend workshops.
Electric Girls’ approach to teaching emphasizes creativity, ideation, prototype building and iteration - the results are impressive! In addition to technical knowledge, program participants develop confidence in their skills and themselves, set new goals for learning, and are eager to share what they learned with other girls.
Kode With Klossy’s grant helped Electric Girls develop institutional capacity and increased the number of scholarships available for coding summer camps in New Orleans this year.
Girls Inc. is a national organization that works through local chapters across the country to equip girls aged 5 to 18 with tools to both navigate gender, economic and social barriers and grow up strong, educated, and independent.
The Omaha chapter of Girls Inc. serves over a thousand girls every year - over sixty percent of which identify as of color - through a number of programs including holistic services, community events, and unique education opportunities.
Kode With Klossy’s grant allowed dozens more girls to attend Girls Inc. of Omaha’s “Coding, Programming and Robotics” (CPR) Camp, where students explored a variety of STEM topics. Kode With Klossy is proud to work with an organization that is passionate about creating opportunities outside of large urban areas, including improved access to STEM education.
National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) - AspireIT Program
U.S. and all U.S. military bases overseas
NCWIT is the only national non-profit organization focused on women's participation in computing across the entire ecosystem - helping organizations recruit, retain, and advance women from K through 12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers.
NCWIT’s AspireIT Program connects high school and college leaders from the NCWIT Community with opportunities to teach coding and computational thinking to girls in grades K through 12. The program has provided an estimated 250,000 hours of computing education through over 300 AspireIT outreach programs ranging from a cyber security day camp in rural Mississippi to a weekend workshop on the Sioux reservation in South Dakota.
Through its AspireIT Program, Kode With Klossy is proud to partner with NCWIT to support new programs and cultivate new female talent in underrepresented communities in Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi.
To learn more about our partnerships, please visit kodewithklossy.com/partnerships