For the past few years, I’ve been witnessing a movement happening with Black women. From Black Girls Rock to #BlackGirlMagic to the natural hair movement, Black women all over the world have taken it upon themselves to empower generations of young black girls to not only love themselves but to aspire to be the best that they can be. Which is extremely admirable and heavily respected considering the fact that they’ve been the most abused, neglected, and disrespected group of women—Malcolm X said it best. And as I’ve mentioned several times throughout this blog, when it comes to the upliftment of my community, there is no greater Rolodex than our youth. So allow me to spotlight an amazing organization for Black girls.
Black Girls Code
Founded by Kimberly Bryant, Black Girls Code is a STEM organization that introduces computer coding lessons to young girls from underrepresented communities. Their mission is “to introduce programming and technology to a new generation of coders, coders who will become builders of technological innovation and their own futures.” And their ultimate goal is to provide African American youth with the skills they will need to occupy some of the 1.4 million computer job openings expected to be available in the United States by 2020, as well as train 1 million girls by 2040. And since its launch back in April 2011, in San Francisco, CA, BGC has opened 7 different institutions throughout the U.S. as well as Johannesburg, South Africa.
Coming across this organization literally made my day. I’ve mentioned before in a previous post that the advancement of technology is taking the globe in a different direction, so there’s going to be a need for a new breed of IT professionals to help move us through the 21st century. And this program can definitely help fill a racial & gender gap in those fields. For more information on Black Girls Code, visit the official website. You can also stay up-to-date with all of their current events by following their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
I can’t wait to see what the future holds for this program and the young innovators involved.
Until Next Time…