MISSION: Throughout the summer of 2014, we will be conducting workshops across the South, beginning in Tennessee, in order to raise awareness among girls ages 12 to 18 about a career in computer science. We must address gender parity in STEM fields, and this is a small start.
HOW: Female programmers will conduct a fun and interactive learning experience that includes an introduction to computer programming, web application, gaming, and so much more. One day workshops will be hosted in numerous locations. By the end of the workshop, girls will have a better understanding of programming, the future of Computer Science, and hopefully a desire to enter into a similar career field.
WHO IS SUPPORTING US SO FAR THROUGH OUR WEBSITE (100GIRLSOFCODE.COM):SOUTH CENTRAL TN WORKFORCE ALLIANCE
WHERE WE'RE GOING:
June 9 - Memphis
June 12 - Jackson
June 16 - Nashville
June 19 - Spring Hill, Northfield Workforce Training Center
June 23 - Chattanooga
June 26 - Cookeville, The Biz Foundry
June 30 - Knoxville
July 1 - Oak Ridge, Roane State Community College
July 7 - Johnson City
July 8 - Kingsport
July 9 - Bristol
WE WILL ADD MORE STOPS AS FUNDING INCREASES!
WHAT YOU FUND: We will pay all of our workshop leaders, including travel expenses. Your donation allows us to offer this workshop in multiple locations. THE MORE MONEY WE RAISE, THE MORE STOPS WE CAN MAKE AND THE MORE GIRLS WE CAN TEACH!!! We will also give each participant a "goody bag" which includes a t-shirt and various other items.
WAYS TO HELP: There are many ways to help beyond a monetary donation! We are looking for female developers to speak at our workshops to give the girls a better grasp on what a career in CS might entail. You can also help us "get the word out" about this initiative! Our goal is to sign up at least 100 girls across the state of Tennessee!
BECAUSE: The U.S. Labor Department has estimated that there will be 1.4 million jobs openings for computer-related occupations this decade, and the median job for people with a computer-science degree pays around $80,000 to $100,000. Of the STEM fields, computer science and computer engineering have the highest median earnings for recent college graduates without advanced degrees, and only around 12% are women.
Women account for a mere 6% of chief executives of the top 100 tech companies.
1.4 million job openings in computing will be open by 2020. At the current rate of computer science graduates, two-thirds of those jobs will go unfilled by Americans.
in 1991, 30% of computer science degrees were women, but lowered to 18% in 2010.
Only an estimated 8% of venture-backed startups are funded by women.
We want to change this!AND TO FINISH: If your company or organization would like to be a sponsor of our efforts you can learn more about that here: http://www.100girlsofcode.com/sponsors/
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE SUPPORTING OUR EFFORTS!