Girls Who Code

Alpha Sigma Tau is pleased to offer a member philanthropy and service opportunity with Girls Who Code as part of the Sorority’s National Philanthropy, the Women’s Wellness Initiative.

Through hands-on service with our National Service Partners, members of Alpha Sigma Tau empower women and girls to excel in life within six dimensions of wellness. Through the Initiative, the Sorority is establishing partnerships and opportunities with nonprofits, like Girls Who Code, who are committed to this purpose.

We encourage members and chapters to directly engage with Girls Who Code to create Clubs—benefiting girls and young women in their own communities.

What is Girls Who Code?

Girls Who Code is an international nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in technology. Girls Who Code programs inspire, educate, and equip girls with the computing skills they’ll need to pursue 21st-century opportunities.

Girls Who Code values diversity, equity, and inclusion and, as an organization, focuses its work not only on gender diversity but also on young women who are historically underrepresented in computer science fields.

Why Girls Who Code and Alpha Sigma Tau?

With Girls Who Code and other National Service Partners of the Women’s Wellness Initiative, Alpha Sigma Tau members have more opportunities for community service and philanthropy that are relevant to the Sorority’s mission and values. The mission of Girls Who Code aligns directly with that of Alpha Sigma Tau.

Girls Who Code works to close the gender gap in technology by inspiring, educating, and equipping girls with the computing skills they need to pursue 21st-century opportunities. Through established partnerships within the Women’s Wellness Initiative, Alpha Sigma Tau members are empowering women to excel in life.

Girls Who Code students
Photo Courtesy of Girls Who Code

How Can I Get Involved?

Start a Girls Who Code Club

Alpha Sigma Tau encourages members and chapters interested in the mission of Girls Who Code to take the steps to establish a Girls Who Code Club in their community. 

Girls Who Code (GWC) Clubs are free extracurricular programs for 3rd-5th and 6th-12th grade girls that teach participants about Computer Science (CS) in a fun and safe environment!

GWC Clubs take place throughout the academic year and are hosted at nonprofit locations, such as schools, libraries, and community centers. They serve as a place for girls to spend time together while learning about CS and building their confidence.

Clubs are led by volunteer Facilitators, who use provided curriculum and resources. A background in CS or coding is not a prerequisite for getting involved with GWC.

Clubs provide participants with a sisterhood of supportive peers and role models and an opportunity to use their skills to positively impact their community.

Click here to learn more about starting a Club or for other ways to get involved.

Resources

  • Getting Started Checklist to Launch a Girls Who Code Club in Your Community
    1. I have space to host at a school, library, university or other non-profit.
    2. I have 1-2 hours to host sessions each week.
    3. I have access to tech – required for 6th-12th grade, optional for 3rd-5th grade Clubs. 
    4. I pass the background check.
    5. I am over 18 years old.

Questions?

Please contact Emily Hamsher Kindred, Director of Development, at ekindred@alphasigmatau.org

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