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Causes: Children & Youth, Girls Clubs

Mission: Brown Girls Code is a national nonprofit organization working to close the gender and diversity gap in technology. Our programs equip underrepresented girls ages 8 - 18 with the skills and training needed to pursue 21st Century opportunities in Computer Science, Information Technology, Cybersecurity and other STEAM-related fields. Our goal is to increase their knowledge and enthusiasm for the fields while building confidence, technical acumen and sisterhood. Programming includes workshops on coding, cybersecurity, robotics engineering, digital citizenship, cyberbullying prevention as well as the development of entrepreneurial and leadership skills.

Target demographics: Girls ages 8-18

Direct beneficiaries per year: 720 students

Geographic areas served: Afterschool environments

Programs: Coding, Cybersecurity, robotics and stem related skills

Community Stories

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Brown Girls Code is a weonderful organization that mentors girls and teaches coding. It is a dynamic organization.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is an awesome organization with a phenomenal mission and a passion to instill skills, values and purpose in these young girls. As a 30 year plus STEM career, I am excited about the exposure Brown Girls Code provides our youth and even more excited about the growth in the career field. The volunteers and founder/CEO of the organization continuously find creative and challenging activities for the attendees. Based on the comments I have received from parents, the organization has allowed their daughters to flourish and build upon skills they may have been dormant! Kudos to the entire organization - and I look to be a volunteer very soon!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Brown Girls Code connects kids to some amazing resources to inspire a love of science and technology. It’s such a cool program for building confidence too!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The opportunities that this innovative nonprofit organization provides for young girls of color in the area of technology and other STEM related fields are extraordinary. They are a dynamic force working with underrepresented young girls and teaching them job related skills in the field of technology, but also teaching the girls leadership skills. They are being exposed to high level skills and concepts in various field of technology and related careers. This will give them a head start by acquiring "hands-on" skills that are required for a competitive career in the STEM related field of their choice.

2 Susan M.22

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter loves Brown Girls Code (BGC). BGC has given my daughter more self esteem and courage. One night my daughter and I were talking, she said that BGC is the only place she didn't feel out of place. Brown Girls Code has given my daughter a place where she can relate to other girls who share the same interest as her technology and creativity. It empowers her to dream the impossible and not feel judged or uncomfortable. She loves participating in the activities and trying the coding challenges. We are so grateful for everything that Brown Girls Code has done in my daughter's life.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Brown Girls who code is one of the only none profits in our area of it's type. It is critical we preparing our youth for a future in technology. We are excited they are members of the Greater Augusta Black Chamber of Commerce. We look forward to continue to support their organization and all it's growth

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Brown Girls Code has been a God send! My daughter literally begged me to get in; and ever since they took her under their wings, she’s flourished in all areas of her life. She was accepted into the robotics program and can’t wait for each robotics class. She loves to code and wouldn’t trade it for the world! Brown Girls Code is very professional and their presentation is top notch. I would recommend this organization to everyone with daughters!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Brown Girl Code is an organization that anyone would be excited to be a part of. I have volunteered for the last two years. It gives me great joy seeing how much they learn. Ebony Hicks is awesome and shines at her best in teaching all her students how to code.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Absolutely phenomenal nonprofit that is changing so many lives and advancing underrepresented girls in the tech industry. They have had tremendous success and extraordinary growth, led by the amazing Ebony Hicks. I am a proud supporter of Brown Girls Code and will continue to endorse their mission.

2 LaKeshia D. W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter loves being involved with Brown Girls Code! She finds the classes and various activities fun and entertaining. My daughter is really enjoying learning to code. It is rewarding to see her excited to learn and problem solve. What she is doing in BGC she has been able to apply in school as well. I look forward to her future growth in BGC and am so grateful for the impact the organization is having on my daughter and in the community.

2 Christie D.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter participates in this program and I can not sing their praises loud enough!! During her time with BGC, she has learned coding and the importance of helping others. The encouragement from her instructors has led to her success and increase in self esteem. As a child with ADHD who often struggles in school being successful has encouraged her to not give up. Due to her exposure with coding and other ladies with careers in these fields sharing of themselves, my daughter is now keenly interested in pursuing a tech related career. I am forever grateful to Ebony and the others who donate financialy and of themselves!!!

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

What a fantastic organization! Not only do the girls learn how to code but they learn life skills, speaking skills and build their confidence. Simply amazing!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

BGC has been an awesome experience for my daughter and me! My daughter has been exposed to a variety of STEM careers, labs, and activities in addition to being encouraged and mentored by Ms. Ebony and her volunteers. I've been able to volunteer with the organization and have been so pleased with my experience as well.

2 Victoria R.3

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I got to speak to the students at Brown Girls Code and it was such a pleasure to see them excited and engaged! They were working on some exciting projects that had to do with the things they were interested in like fashion.

2 Carisa F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a excellent program for these young ladies. They are introduced to the cyber field where African Americans are unrepresented. Ebony and the staff are role models! Highly recommended!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Brown girls have been a great learning experience for my daughter. Learning with technology and being exposed to exciting and engaging experiences.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Excellent opportunity for my daughter. A professional, hands on team, passionate about helping her with resources, information, and training. Participating in the Brown Girls CODE program, gave her an additional confidence boost to pursue and achieve her associates in CIS in underrepresented classrooms, while dual enrolled in high school.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I don't even know where to begin to tell how proud I am of Brown Girls Code and the young girls and ladies that the program reaches. I have seen this program mature and I am amazed at its growth. I recently had the opportunity to be a panelist particularly and workshop instructor for the sponsored STEMusem Girls Expo 2, and I can truly say it was a pleasure. The girls were so engaged and so talented. Founder Ebony Hicks is a true gem for turning this dream into a reality. There are so few brown girls like she and I in the STEAM and IT industry, and this program is helping to change that narrative. I wish I could give even more than 5 stars.

2 Lasima T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has been a part of BGC for 2 years now! The experience and exposure are second to none! At such a nominal fee for the sessions. Definitely recommend this program!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Girls who code is a great non profit organization that take Interest in the youth of today into various faucets of the technical arena. This program promotes encouragement to women of the next generation to take part in life long learning experiences. Just as Steam and Stem programs are prominent in the school sector Girls who Code allow young ladies to display creativity and knowledge outside of the academic sector.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

If you are looking for a group to help broaden your horizons in cyber security and develop a fearless desire to learn, this is a great place for new beginnings.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

For anyone who knows Ebony Hicks, Founder of Brown Girls Code, knows her aspiration to see more girls of color in STEAM fields is beyond measure. She seen a need and she stepped out in faith and made it happen.

Brown Girls Code is opening doors for girls ages 8-18 to pursue with confidence a world they may have never thought about before or was intimidated by because of the lack of women in STEAM-related fields. BGC is helping these girls gain the soft skills and knowledge they need to be the best leader they were born to be.

Makeia, Cybersecurity Professional

4 Camille H.

Donor

Rating: 5

Brown Girls Code is a phenomenal organization that works to close the gender and diversity gap on technology. It helps young girls from elementary to high school broaden their horizons with different skills and training that will help them in the future.

The Founder and CEO, Ebony Hicks, has done a great job at putting together programs and activities that have helped young girls understand different aspects of life and help them look towards the future, which has helped some girls determine their career goals.

This program has grown over the years and is a benefit to the Augusta community. Please support this organization.

4 Toryana J.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Brown Girls Code is an empowering organization filled with knowledgeable individuals and a consistent uplifting for anyone involved!

5 Justin Z.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Brown girls code is needed to stimulate the future Workforce that is currently underserved in the Augusta community.