By Anna Heim
Girls Who Code is set to expand its female-oriented tech education program to Detroit, Miami and San Jose thanks to $435,000 in funding from Knight Foundation, the non-profit organization announced today.
As you may have guessed from its name, Girls Who Code’s ambition is to empower young women to pursue careers in tech and engineering, contributing to closing the gender gap in this job-generating sector. Knight Foundation is supporting this goal as part of its Tech for Engagement Initiative,VP for Strategic Initiatives Paula Ellis explains:
“Coding skills can get you hired, and they can do more. Coders are inventors, builders. Increasingly, they are architects of our communities, building the platforms that allow people to be informed and engaged. At Knight, we want to ensure that a growing, diverse group of people are able to participate in the field and shape the software that will help shape communities.”
Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. We believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit www.knightfoundation.org.