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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Goodgirls Write Code is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the empowerment of girls in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. Our interactive programs aim to motivate and educate girls providing them with the skills they need to become the next generation of women-leaders, entrepreneurs and mentors. We are determined to encourage girls to learn solid computer science skills including programming, web development and 3D printing through educational programs we offer through schools, libraries and recreational centers nationwide.

Target demographics: encourage girls to learn computer science

Geographic areas served: Hampton Roads, Virginia

Programs: educational curriculums that teach girls software development, programming, 3D printing and web development in a fun, interactive environment that promotes the success of each student.

Community Stories

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It is great to see an organization that supports young females in the STEM fields exists in the Hampton Roads area. My daughter has a love for computers and to come across this organization has given me great joy! I know little of computers so I can not help her pursue her passion but I am relieved to learn that there are qualified supportive women ready to educate, assist, and mentor her! As soon as the summer camps are announced I will be signing her up!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter attended a week long summer camp with Goodgirls Write Code last summer. Over the course of the week they taught her how to create her own website! It was incredible to see the many lines of code that is involved in creating a website. To know that my daughter wrote that code in just five 2-hour sessions was amazing! She loved every minute of it! We can't wait to see what this summer's camp has in store!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter loved attending the after school Goodgirls Write Code club this past year! I was impressed by the projects she completed and how much she learned. She continues to use scratch to make all sorts of projects on her own. We can't wait to sign her up for the Goodgirls Write Summer Camp!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with Goodgirls Write Code again this past winter. I am continually amazed how quickly the kids grasp the complex concepts that are required to write a computer program. They not only understand the programming languages they enjoy learning them. It is fun to watch them experiment with the code to make the program their own. Goodgirls Write Code is expanding the minds of students and introducing them to a world of possibilities through code!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a retired teacher of 35 years of math and science, I have seen the direct results over time of young girls getting involved in programs like Goodgirls Write Code. It is so important to get girls involved and able to develop confidence in their own skills at an early age. These types of programs give girls an invaluable foundation of encouragement and basic skills to pursue interests in the STEM learning. As a teacher I was always searching for programs to integrate into my classroom to get children actively involved and excited about learning. Goodgirls Write Code is able to provide instructional materials to schools that do just that. The programs teach basic coding skills in a fun and interesting way that facilitates girls gaining a great sense of accomplishment when they realize what they’ve created. The instructional materials that Goodgirls Write Code provides schools is an invaluable resource for teaching these skills in an effective manner. I look forward to when my own granddaughter is old enough to become involved in the camps in Virginia Beach!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I donate to this organization because I wish to see programs like Goodgirls Write Code in more schools. I have a one year old daughter and I want her to have the best education possible. I also hope that she grows to become a confident strong women who is able to succeed in her endeavors and not be discouraged when she makes a mistake. Goodgirls Write Code works to teach young girls that with hard work and some trial and error that they are capable of anything. They give them the strength and support they need to pursue their dreams. I look forward to introducing my daughter to Goodgirls Write Code when she is old enough!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I helped to host the Goodgirls Write Code afterschool program at Windsor Oaks Elementary School last December. The students were taught how to code a simulation game from scratch and why modeling is important to architects and engineers. Coding is becoming an important aspect in all areas of our daily lives. There is an increasing amount of career opportunities which involve some type of computer programming knowledge, so we want to offer these experiences for our students to understand these concepts at a young age. The girls were very eager participants and they picked it up a lot faster than the adult volunteers did! This was a great program and we hope to use it again!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to run a Goodgirls Write Code Club at my school this year. I have run three different sessions with 3rd, 4th and 5th grade girls. This has been an amazing opportunity for not only myself, but the girls as well. The girls have had the opportunity to learn coding basics and get excited about learning more on their own - after their session finished. Some of the girls have gone on to begin to work on their own app creations as well as create their own Scratch account to continue exploration. I am thankful that I was able to bring this opportunity to my school, giving girls a chance to learn coding, and participate in something they wouldn't have ever thought to explore otherwise. The girls are excited to continue their learning. Mission accomplished Goodgirls Write Code!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer over the last year with Goodgirls Write Code, I am consistently impressed with the passion and professionalism of the team. The Goodgirls Write Code programs are effective and efficient, which enables children to quickly gain a valuable skill set during a week long summer camp or an after school club. It has been amazing watching children receive the motivation, encouragement and requisite skills to feel confident and excited about pursuing their interests in the STEM field.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This past #GivingTuesday I donated to Goodgirls Write Code because I believe that their efforts of providing students with a better STEM education is vital to the growth of our economy. In this tech driven world, learning programming will advance children to the next level and prepare them for a life of success. As well as providing children with the skills they need to succeed, Goodgirls Write Code's programs create qualified employees that can fill the growing amount of open STEM positions. CEO's are struggling to find enough qualified employees with STEM skills required to do their job, but with a program like Goodgirls Write Code kids will get excited about learning STEM and will pursue a career in the STEM fields.

I believe that every school should incorporate computer science into their curriculum and that they should use Goodgirls Write Code programs to do so.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with Goodgirls Write Code this summer as a volunteer and mentor to girls between the ages of 9 and 14 had a tremendous impact on me personally. I was able to combine two of my passions in life: computer science and working with children. The curriculum focuses on encouraging and motivating girls to excel in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, or STEM. Everyone I worked with from the founder of Goodgirls Write Code to the interns and volunteers all had a common goal in mind - to develop the next generation leading ladies in computer science, aka STEM stars. Lessons are built around computer science topics such as programming in a way that not only helps them learn a new skill but also improves the girls’ self-esteem as well as their relationships with others and their community as a whole. I highly recommend Goodgirls Write Code to others looking to volunteer for a non-profit and to teachers in schools looking to incorporate an exemplary computer science program. I look forward to working with Goodgirls Write Code again next summer!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter was enrolled in a Goodgirls Write Code camp this summer. She’s always liked computers but I didn’t feel like she really understood what was going on behind the scenes. As a software developer myself, I wanted her to learn fundamental computer science skills to give her an advantage when applying for academy programs in our public school district. She took the HTML/CSS/Javascript camp and loved it! I couldn’t believe how my little girl at 9 years old was showing me how to build a website using HTML and CSS. By the end of the camp she had created an entire website from scratch. I highly recommend Goodgirls Write Code and their programs to parents and teachers. I’m even looking into sponsoring a Goodgirls Write Code club at my daughter’s school next year, so other girls can learn to love computer science as much as I do.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

Goodgirls Write Code encourages and motivates young girls to excel in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math or STEM. With less than 10% of schools nationwide incorporating a computer science program in their schools, GGWC is a much needed non-profit. Each Goodgirls Write Code toolkit includes teacher and student instructional materials along with Goodgirls Write Code swag for students in grades 3-12 including: Scratch games, HTML, CSS, Javascript, Introduction to programming, Beginner C++, Intermediate C++, and Advanced C++, 3D modeling and more. As a teacher in the STEM fields, you can become a sponsor and offer Goodgirls Write Code programs to your students. Find out more at http://goodgirlswritecode.org

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter participated in Goodgirls Write Code through her elementary school and also through a summer camp and she absolutely loved both. In the summer camp class, the class worked on designing a 'Pet Shop' website. The best part was that it allowed for each girl to add their own special touch but at the same time allowed them to utilize the coding instructions and guidance from the teachers. My daughter brought home her own project on the last day and her dad and I were impressed at how much she had learned. Also, it was amazing to hear her describe the concepts she had applied. I don't know anything about coding but my husband is knowledgeable in this area and was impressed to see that she understood the overall concepts and could speak to the 'language' of HTML etc. It is without a doubt an exceptional and enriching program. I hope this program continues to grow in our community and our nation so that more of our girls can embrace this wonderful path and be the next wave of leaders in the world of STEM.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My Niece attended the course as a first exposure to web design and computer science. Since completing this course, she has been inspired by her experience and has started programming projects of her own. My Niece is now considering courses and careers she never knew existed.

The staff at GoodGirl has been both supportive and professional. My Niece is looking forward to her next course, and an opportunity to further grow with computers.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Good Girls Write Code has been an incredible experience for our nine year old! Writing code is not something my husband or I can teach our daughters, so to have found an organization that can has been wonderful. Reports show there are not enough females in the computer science field. Whether or not our daughters pursue the computer science field, we are excited Good Girls Write Code gives them the opportunity to get a head start to explore it. Good Girls is well organized and provides our daughter with information she can really apply at home!

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Former staff

Rating: 5

I spent a summer working as an intern with Goodgirls Write Code and it was one of the most impactful work experiences I have ever had. Goodgirls works to decrease the gender gap in the various engineering fields, especially those dealing with computer programming. Creating meaningful and educational modules to teach young girls programming and computer skills allowed me to aid students in a way that I never had at that age. I believe that learning these skills early on in their educational careers will greatly benefit any girls that wish to pursue computer science or engineering in high school and college.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Goodgirls Write Code is an incredible organization that allows girls the freedom to express themselves in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects. They offer excellent mentors that help to educate and empower young females in their path to becoming future leaders in the STEM fields. At Goodgirls Write Code's after school programs and summer camps the girls make lasting friendships while they are learning, creating, and exploring the different computer programming languages.

I had the opportunity to volunteer this spring at one of Goodgirls Write Code's after school programs. It was a fun experience to watch the girls get excited and engage in computer programming. They learned how to create different games using the computer program Scratch. By the end of the 5 week period the girls began experimenting and creating their own programs in Scratch. I had a great time and look forward to volunteering with Goodgirls Write Code again this summer!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Goodgirls Write Code is a wonderful organization that empowers young girls, giving them the confidence they need to pursue their interests in Computers, Technology and Engineering. They've developed a series of interactive programs that are taught in after-school programs and summer camps which introduce girls to coding with HTML, CSS, JavaScript and more, in a fun and encouraging environment.

I had the opportunity to volunteer with Goodgirls Write Code this Spring. It was such a rewarding experience to see the girls light up with enthusiasm each day and work together in a group environment to figure out a solution. I was also amazed at how fast they were able to pick it up and grasp the programming basics. These girls are the future. They can do anything they set their minds to do. Showing them that they can impact the lives of millions through Technology was an amazing experience.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter loved learning to use scratch at the after school Good Girls Write Code program! We plan to sign her up for a summer camp, as well!