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Black Girls Code

Black Girls Code’s vision is powerful and amazing.

To increase the number of women of color in the digital space by empowering girls of color ages 7 to 17 to become innovators in STEM fields, leaders in their communities, and builders of their own futures through exposure to computer science and technology. To provide African-American youth with the skills to occupy some of the 1.4 million computing job openings expected to be available in the U.S. by 2020, and to train 1 million girls by 2040.

We had the privilege to chat with Tiana from Black Girls Code to learn more about the work they are doing in their 13 chapters in the United States (plus one in South Africa) in this week’s episode of the 52 Reasons Podcast. Tiana and I chatted about the history of Black Girls Code and the work of their talented and action oriented founder, Kimberly Bryant. We also had a chance to talk about the future of women of color in STEM fields, the importance of getting young girls involved in STEM related activities and most importantly, we talked about how you can get involved.

Not only can you volunteer with a Black Girls Code chapter, but you can also advocate for improved STEM education within your community’s schools, you can donate to Black Girls Code to further their mission and you can share your passion for STEM related fields with young people in your community.

I’d encourage you to also check out the website Future Katherine Johnsons developed by Black Girls Code and see how the work of Black Girls Code is helping change the future of STEM in the United States and around the globe, just like the film, “Hidden Figures.”

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Ways You Can Act

  1. Volunteer your time with Black Girls Code.
  2. Become a social media advocate for Black Girls Code. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
  3. Get involved in STEM education in your local community. Help advocate for an increase in STEM learning opportunities for children. Talk with your school board, your superintendents and teachers.
  4. Call your elected officials to be sure that our education system continues to receive the support it needs to provide future generations of children with the educational opportunities to improve STEM related fields in our country.

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