How One Non-Profit Organization Strives for Tech Inclusion
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According to research done by the National Center for Women & Information Technology, there will be approximately 1.4 million tech and computing job openings in the U.S. by 2020. And of course this means that individuals with tech experience will be needed to fill these positions.
In 2011, an electrical engineer named Kimberly Bryant got wind of this growing trend towards tech and set out to teach children to code, particularly young girls of colour. Bryant is the founder of Black Girls Code, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating African American females in technology. Her inspiration was derived from a simple observation; she noticed that there were not many people of colour working in the tech industry. Taking matters into her own hands, she decided to make a change.
Black Girls Code teaches children between 7 and 17 years old everything they need to know about building websites, robots and mobile applications, including coding and computer programming. The non-profit has reached more than 2000 students to date, and currently has seven chapters that spread across the U.S. and South Africa.
The organization charges a small fee for classes and relies on teachers who work in technology. Black Girls Code currently has about 600 volunteers teaching young girls the skills they’ll need to one day work in the tech industry.