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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

2

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!

2

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.

1

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.

2

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.

2

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!

1

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.

1

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!

5

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!