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TechGirlz

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Job Training, Vocational & Technical Schools, Youth Development

Mission: Empowering girls to be future technology leaders.

Results: Engaged 15,000+ girls with technology through hands-on workshops led by technology professionals and students.

Target demographics: middle school girls

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 5,000 girls get hands-on experience with more than 30 technology topics

Geographic areas served: any community, nationally

Programs: hands-on workshops that introduce a variety of technology topics to inspire girls to be future leaders in technology

Community Stories

45 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Such an impactful organization. They really drive actionable change with our youth and community.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization! Love the way that they collaborate.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is such an amazing nonprofit! I am part of the Teen Advisory Board for TechGirlz and in middle chill went to the workshops. I learned so many important skills and met so many amazing women in STEM. It made me realize how women are just as capable to work in tech and made me want to make a difference. After I joined the Advisory Board I helped get more girls interested in STEM. I met so many teens who wanted to make a difference for these girls like I did. I had an amazing experience with TechGirlz and it’s mission makes a difference for these girls. I recommend sending your girls for workshops because they really helped me become the person I am today and it could get your girls interested into a field that really needs more females!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so grateful to TechGirlz for welcoming my daughter into a world where technology and coding have become fun, accessible, and cool!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so lucky to have found TechGirlz. My daughter has been attending workshops and she comes out excited about what she learned. She can't stop talking about it and she is a very quite kid. As a parent, that makes me so happy. The volunteers are amazing and the level of content is top notch. I like the fact that it is not just coding, so many other subjects STEM related that she finds fascinating. Great job TechGirlz!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with TechGirlz for over a year now and I’m so proud to be a part of this organization. As a girl aspiring to pursue a career in tech, I know the supply of obstacles for a woman in STEM is seemingly inexhaustible. But TechGirlz is, without a doubt, making an impact on hundreds and hundreds of young girls by creating the foundation and empowering girls to be confident in their abilities and passions.

Through TechGirlz, I have taught and assisted at workshops for middle school girls on topics such as C++ Programming, CyberSecurity, and Web Design. I’ve also had the privilege of being a part of TechGirlz’s Teen Advisory Board (TAB). TAB brings together passionate teens from across the country who work together to help plan initiatives for the organization.

If you are even remotely considering becoming a volunteer or bringing your daughter/younger sister/friend to a TechGirlz workshop, please do it! I am confident you will not regret it :)

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently joined the TechGirlz team and every step of the process has been specifically guided and personally taken care of. The support at TechGirlz is phenomenal and they make it easy for anyone to volunteer and take intiative. As a TA, I was able to feel confident even during my forst workshop. The team at TechGirlz is amazing!

3 Judy Fink J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of our co-workers was looking for a way to get his daughter more involved in STEM outside of school. We checked out several alternatives, and TechGirlz seemed to have the best preparation and workshops.  With my company's help, we were able to run multiple workshops on site, and we've done several online. The workshops are easy to run and super fun. We have seen so many young women become so inspired!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been with Techgilz on few weeks now and the impact it has on the younger generation is amazing. I always wanted to offer my service and help for those in need. Techgilz has helped me just do that by giving me the opportunity to share the little knowledge i had with these young middle school girls. The world need more organizations like Techgilz.

3 Dr. Bushra Anjum

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came across TechGirlz while doing a general internet search for initiatives working on developing computing interest and skill set for high school students, especially female students. Research shows that this is the age when female students loose interest in STEM-related disciplines due to a lack of mentors and role models, stereotypes, and subtle societal indicators.
I sent in an email registering my interest to help. I got pleasantly surprised when I received an email response within 12 hours, thanking me for my interest and valuing my time and input. I jumped on a call with the Alicia, National Outreach Manager TechGirlz, and we immediately connected. She was my first real introduction to TechGirlz, and I was impressed with her passion and dedication towards the cause. We made plans for me to teach a workshop and write some blog posts for TechGirlz.
I taught my first workshop on Introduction to Encryption last week. The support that I received while preparing for the workshop has been fantastic! There were lesson plans, slides, recommendations, guidelines that helped me plan things effectively. I received periodic updates on registration and next steps. Also, TechGirlz found TAs for my session and connected me with them. In short, they made it as smooth as possible for me to be an effective teacher.
The workshop went great. We had a full session, lots of interest, and engaging exercises. We got great feedback too. I will certainly be volunteering my time with TechGirlz again.
I have worked with several nonprofits, and I can say that TechGirlz has been one of the best experiences I have come across, both for the volunteer teacher and, more importantly, the high school students.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering is typically something that gets my anxiety flowing. No matter how big or small the volunteer role is. So, I'd definitely never want to gather eager minds and not have a plan in order to provide the learning that the minds seek.

TechGirlz provides all of the tools and guidance necessary to feel confident and ready to volunteer. From being a teaching assistant and just providing help with the students as needed to being the instructor and/or coordinating the whole workshop, the TechGirlz team makes it easy to get involved.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the amazing opportunity to volunteer with Techgirlz recently. I had worked with other teenagers and adults to help plan out our biotechnology event. It was awesome to be able to see the girl’s faces light up as they were able to work together and figure out the ‘biological mystery’. I wouldn’t have traded it for the world.

6 Sarah P.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wanted to send a shoutout to TechGirlz.org and KCBA Architects for hosting an awesome workshop for middle school girls this past weekend.

My daughter attended the workshop titled Architecture and Design: Build your own 3D Model House and she loved it. Said it was her favorite topic so far.

So happy she has the opportunity to explore all of these different topics and subjects provided by TechGirlz to see if something sparks her interest for the future!

Techgirlz has been an amazing!!

#Techgirlz #GirlsInTech #STEM

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love working with Techgirlz! I've been working with this group off and on for about 3 years and I've enjoyed it so much. I've been able to TA a few classes, and I lead a couple of workshops every year. I've got my annual Cybersecurity session coming up in Oct and I always look forward to it. The curricula is very easy to read and interpret and leaves room for you to input your expertise, if you're familiar with a particular topic. With a little prep in advance you can confidently stand there and teach the session to this great group of middle school girls and answer their questions. I love that the sessions are not always technical as far as coding, but also cover areas where women are underrepresented and topics that are interesting. In the session I led on Audacity in RTP last month, I learned how few women music producers there are. Hopefully something in that session may have sparked someone to want to go into that arena and make a difference! I love that the girls get to work independently as well as together and present their work at the end of the session so the group can see what they've done and they can present something they're proud of. I will continue to work with this group as I can, as it's just as rewarding for us as it is for the young ladies.

4 Anna E C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been teaching through TechGirlz for the past year, and I can't even begin to say how much of a difference it has made in the lives of the girls who come in. They always leave the class empowered and excited about technology. This non-profit has also made a difference for me personally and professionally and helped me lose my imposter's syndrome.

6 tproffen

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We are working regularly with TechGirlz and use their TechShopz in a box for our coding events for girls. In fact our organisation Oak Ridge Computer Science Girls would not exist without them. They are the best with the most wonderful and dedicated staff ♥️ Picture is from our joined world record setting earlier this year.

4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This past summer I taught a STEM summer day camp targeted at 10-13 year old girls. I used two of the Tech in a Box lesson plans during this camp and cannot brag on these resources enough. The material was laid out perfectly, offering a number of resources and just enough guidance to direct our lessons while allowing the projects to bloom into what the girls would make of them. I absolutely loved using these resources to teach these lessons. Although I am an engineer and understood the science behind the lessons, I can see that they offer a lot of information for most anyone to teach many of the lessons.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

TechGirlz is an amazing organization! It encourages young females to explore STEM fields. As a technical professional, I love volunteering for TechGirlz because of the quality of the workshop content, which is up to date and relevant. I appreciate TechGirlz' focus on varying areas in the STEM fields; we can do so much fun stuff with technology!

4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a man in the game industry, the gender disparity in the tech sector is something that troubles me a lot, so it's wonderful that there's an organization out there working to help address the root causes behind it.

I volunteered as an assistant instructor at a TechGirlz workshop, having no prior experience doing anything like that. The experience was very rewarding, the course materials were well-prepared, the kids were super engaged, and overall it was a really positive atmosphere.

I'd do it again in a heartbeat, and I would encourage others to volunteer.

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am so glad I discovered TechGirlz. I have a daughter in middle school who loves math and coding, and she is absolutely loving all the workshops! The instructors are great, she enjoys the friendly environment, and she was introduced to the latest computer applications and learned amazing things!

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My time in college wasn’t easy as I was one of the only girls in my major - Information Systems. Even now, I still see women facing challenges in the tech field, particularly when it comes to getting respect for their roles on a team if they aren’t known as “Director” or “Vice President.”

I wish that there had been a program to introduce me to STEM material at a younger age. That’s why I volunteer with TechGirlz now, to help create more opportunities for middle school girls in the technology world.

I got involved with TechGirlz a year ago, after attending the Women in Tech summit. I started out creating and sending out the monthly newsletter for TechGirls programs in the Triangle area. Eventually, I volunteered as a teaching assistant before then taught my own workshop.

While teaching workshops, I have been pleasantly surprised by how enthusiastic the girls who attend the programs are. I wish that other people knew how valuable the programs offered by TechGirlz are and that it provides lots of opportunities to help young girls get familiar and comfortable with technology.

“Volunteering with TechGirlz is rewarding and is a wonderful way to give back to the young girls in your community,” she says.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love working with Techgirlz and have been involved in this organization for the past 2 1/2 years. I've been lucky enough to work on curriculum, TA a few classes, and I led my first workshop this past week with 17 girls in the RTP area of North Carolina. The classes are put together with enough information that with a bit of prep you can stand in front of a room and be enough of an expert to get the girls interested. I also like that while the focus is on the technical, we incorporate sharing so they get up and speak about what they have done - encouraging girls to communicate and articulate what they have done is just as important as doing it. At the end of a session when they have all produced something we celebrate them all and they leave talking about their next class!

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently started volunteering with TechGirlz at outreach events like the PA Women's Conference. Every I've met, from the organizers to other volunteers have been extremely nice and easy to talk to. It's been a great way to meet other people passionate about women in tech and STEM education. TechGirlz has become one of my favorite organizations to be involved with.

4 Lori Taft K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter and I were introduced to Techgirlz a few years ago. She has loved every class she attended. The teachers are so helpful and each lesson is taught by doing a fun activity. As a mom, I am thrilled to see her growing interest in science and having this opportunity to learn the different areas of science and what she can do as a career in the future. I have a younger daughter who is patiently waiting to be old enough to attend Techgirlz classes too!

4 Mariel T.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

TechGirlz offers a platform I wish I had in middle school! I know I would've been involved with video editing much more intensely, and had the confidence to pursue my passion throughout high school. Luckily I stuck with it in college, but I can't imagine where my work would be if I had a program like this!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization. They offer free programs that my daughters are able to attend and learn with other girls. Most of the other STEM activities do have very few girls. It is always well organized and they offer different topics. So glad we found them.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

OMG Techgirlz has made all the difference in more daughter's life. Without it, she'd have no idea about code or tech and how to do it. She's taken workshops in HTML/CSS, JavaScript, Robotics, Python, Wordpress, Raspberry Pi and so much more. It's been world-opening. She'll enter the world knowing about the range of tech and code, with hands-on experience and that great feeling of making things with code.

There's another thing, which is that Techgirlz always feels like it's cutting edge. The girls are always a diverse group, and I love how they make sure to offer classes all over the city, from the wealthier suburbs to the South Philly library; girls from every family make up the classes, and get to know each other. Techgirlz is the future: when I drop my daughter off at a workshop, I can feel the tech future, one filled with girls who are racially/ethnically/racially/economically diverse. Techgirlz is the real deal.

3 Namit B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We (Krisangi & Namit - Daughter & Dad Team) participated at the Tech Girlz desk at Philadelphia Mini Maker Faire held on June 24th 2018. We were encouraging Middle School Girls to code and showcasing how easy it is to code and be creative.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

TechGirlz is an amazing experience! I was wow'd by the depth of engagement by the kids that were involved. They asked a lot of insightful questions, participated in the activities and very tuned-in into what kinds of design they like in their app. If you are looking to get involved with a tangible experience teaching kids about mobile app development, UI and UX design, then look no further than TechGirlz. Their session in a box is also very helpful in creating an experience that is easy to deliver and highly engaging as well.

3 rhomonster

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter and I volunteered as Testers for Techshop in a Box lesson plans by TechGirlz. We had a great time on a summer afternoon taking apart a computer and learning about the different components inside. My daughter felt very empowered by this and has since opened up another computer and compared it, and has her eyes set on disassembling an old laptop next!

Since I do not have a technical background, the Techshop in a Box curriculum facilitated this adventure and learning experience for both of us. We plan to "test" another set of lesson plans next week!

3 Mercedes P

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I enjoy giving back and encouraging young girls and women to learn and enjoy technology. TechGirlz is an amazing organization and offers so many great technical classes for the girls. It is very well organized and the content is fun, engaging and educational. It gives the girls a chance to be exposed to different technologies in a supportive environment. As a volunteer as a teacher's assistant, it's fun to help and interact with the girls and I am learning a lot too! I highly recommend it.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had a passion for encouraging women to get involved in technology fields, particularly computer science and programming. TechGirlz has given me a focus for that passion. I am loving this opportunity to teach the next generation of female programmers.

With TechGirlz, I can share my expertise directly by teaching, and indirectly by creating workshop curriculums. The curriculum template is very easy to follow, allowing me to create helpful curriculums based on my areas of expertise.

I love seeing the girls' faces when a lesson finally clicks! This is my favorite volunteer opportunity, and I look forward to a long future of involvement!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience volunteering as an assistant with Techgirlz was fun and satisfying. They are very well organized and prepared, so it’s super easy to do. Watching the participants collaborate and get excited about their work is rewarding and inspiring— it made me feel proud to be part of something important. I’ll definitely do it again.

3 TechFanatic

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found TechGirlz in 2015, and have not stopped helping since! From volunteering to creating or updating curriculum, TAing at workshops, or attending Outreach events, it has been so rewarding being a part of TechGirlz. The smiles and excitement seen in the girls' eyes, while they are exploring technology, makes you feel happy to be a part of something so powerful. These middle school girls want to learn more about the world of technology and TechGirlz is helping to make that possible through the various, free TechShopz they host. Whether you have a lot or a little knowledge about a specific tech topic presented, there is always some way you could help out! If you love to learn new technologies, like I do, TAing at a workshop allows you to learn and help others learn something new and exciting. Programming, designing, coding.. there is something for everyone!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

TechGirlz is a great organization. My daughter enjoyed all of the workshops she attended. She really loves the hands-on activities. I am truly impressed with the variety of workshops that TechGirlz offers. The workshops are well organized and all of the volunteers are very helpful.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

TechGirlz is a great organization with a mission of closing the gender gap in technology careers. They have an impressive catalog of workshops that cover a wide range of technology topics and are continually adding more. One thing I really like is that they cover more than programming topics. There is more to technology than coding and TechGirz seems to get that. They expand into topics such as robotics, pod/video casting, 3-D modeling, DNA analysis, cartography, molecular biology/chemistry, computer networking, virtual reality, genetics and cybersecurity. The workshops feature lots on hands-on activities where the girls get to actually do something or make something. This is how you get kids excited about technology.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I ran a club in my high school which immersed young, middle school girls into the field of computer science. i had the pleasure of working with TechGirlz to create a workshop for the girls at my middle school using LEGO Mindstorm robots. I also helped design an app with another friend for TechGirlz so young girls could feel more comfortable using a period app. Overall, the company is really promoting STEM opportunities, especially computer science, for young girls. We need to close that gender gap and by serving with this organization not only do I learn new skills myself, but I also fight for equality.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 4

What drew me to TechGirlz was their focus on introducing girls to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). I started volunteering with TechGirlz about a year and a half ago. I volunteered for several Saturday workshops and helped with the Summer Robotics Camp program. The TechGirlz team is well organized, friendly and very motivated. The instructors for the Workshops are professionals and well versed in the related topics. The topics are varied, interesting, timely and fun to learn about.

One of my observations was the interaction between the volunteers and the girls at the workshops. The volunteers are engaged and really connect with the girls that attend. Thought the workshops you see a lot of one to one interaction between the volunteers and the girls. Sometime the volunteer is providing additional details on the specific topic or encouraging the girls to experiment and build on what they just learned. I enjoy working with the volunteers also.

The girls come out and are excited and eager to learn and share their experiences. Sometimes they have never heard of the topic presented and sometimes they have had some exposure to the material. The girls are from all types of background. I really enjoy seeing the “light” come on when the girls start to understand the material.

We need more people that can think and solve problems. TechGirlz focus on middle school girls helps them get exposed to the STEM fields at a crucial time in their development. TechGirlz not only provides workshops but helps show the girls that they can get Technology just like everyone else. TechGirlz creates an environment where the girls feel comfortable with Technology and lets them know they are not alone and that they can be successful at it and have fun doing it.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Leading workshops with TechGirlz is an amazing experience. The girls who attend the workshops are motivated, eager, and quick to engage with the new skills that they're learning. The TechGirlz team provides excellent support (resources, information, coordination), making the process seamless and easy as possible for their volunteers.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

"I would highly recommend one to volunteer with TechGirlz. It is a great experience meeting other people from different walks of life. You get to help the girls reach a goal and you are all learning from one another."

-Nayonna

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering with TechGirlz because the workshops have a real, noticeable effect on the girls. It's great seeing them learn about programming and I'm glad they get to discover more about technology early on. The workshop lesson plans are laid out clearly and all the materials are provided; TechGirlz makes it very easy and fun to get involved and I would definitely recommend it.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Loved volunteering with Techgirlz! The leadership is so kind and organized and the students were better than I could have imagined. Teaching this class re-ignited things that I love about what I do and I'm excited for the next generation of ladies in tech :)

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found TechGirlz in 2014 and have been volunteering since then. Volunteering is very easy and you receive tons of support from staff and fellow volunteers. An added bonus is you can volunteer on your terms, once a month, once a year, whatever fits your schedule.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Excellent leadership and supportive community. TechGirlz is a very highly regarded non-profit in Philadelphia. There is a presence at most tech events and meetups. The volunteers are passionate and friendly and really making a difference in middle school girls' lives by introducing them to technology. I love volunteering with TechGirlz because of the flexibility of the schedule, all the people I've met in the community, and the joy on the girls' faces whenever they create amazing things with technology. Highly recommend volunteering with us!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with TechGirlz for almost 2 years now, and their programs are fantastic. Watching girls learn about coding and making it accessible to them is so rewarding, and every class has been really successful. I'd be happy to do whatever I can to help this organization continue and flourish.