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Techgirlz Charitable Foundation

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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 5,000 girls with technology through hands-on workshops led by technology professionals and students.

Target demographics: middle school girls

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 2,500 girls get hands-on experience with more than 30 technology topics

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

Community Stories

29 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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!

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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.