Black Girls Code's mission is to empower young women of color between the ages of 7-14 to become the masters of their technological universe. Although the digital divide is steadily eroding, tremendous barriers remain for the entry of women and people of color into the technology field. Today's solutions should include both the access to technology and focus on the opportunity to increase the participation of young women of color in the current tech marketplace as builders and to expose them to the possibilities of improving both their lives and the society in which they live by utilizing the abundant technological tools around them to create change. BlackGirlsCode is an organization that has as its mission a goal of increasing the numbers of young women of color in the field of digital and computer technology by providing them with skills in computer programming, exposing them to role models in the technology space, and increasing their self-confidence by teaching them the skills required to become tech creators and entrepreneurs.
Bootstrap is a standards-based curriculum for middle-school students, which teaches them to program their own videogames using purely algebraic and geometric concepts. The organization works with schools and teachers to integrate Bootstrap into their algebra classes and technology programs, as well as parents and afterschool programs across the country.
Boston University's Learning Resource Network (LERNet)
The Learning Resource Network (LERNet) is a center in the Boston University College of Arts & Sciences that collaborates with faculty in all departments to offer a wide range of STEM programs for K-12 students and professional development opportunities for teachers. LERNet has organized dozens of programs, including Summer Pathways, a weeklong residential program for high school girls interested in STEM, and The Artemis Project, a five-week summer program for rising 9th grade girls focused on computing. LERNet has administered several large NSF grants, including three NSF GK12 programs which together have partnered over 100 graduate students with K-12 teachers in science classrooms around Boston, and an RET (Research Experiences for Teachers) that has engaged local teachers as researchers in BU engineering labs for six weeks during the summer. LERNet is a founding member of the Boston Area Girls STEM Collaborative, whose members are institutions in the Boston Area committed to advocating STEM for girls. The group works collaboratively to develop programs and share resources. The Collaborative’s combined reach extends throughout Boston area and into parte of NE. The Collaborative hosts S.E.T. in the City, a daylong, multi-venue program for high school girls, and Tech Savvy, a week-long summer program for middle school girls focused on Technology, Engineering and Computing.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of America's mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. A Boys & Girls Club provides: a safe place to learn and grow, ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals, life-enhancing programs and character development experiences and hope and opportunity.