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Black girls and gender nonconforming youth of color can power the future. Their code gets us there. We support their creativity and boldness with skills, training, and resources that launch their leadership.

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Cristina Jones, CEO
Black Girls Code
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A Letter from our CEO, Cristina Jones

Dear BGC Communty,

Code is more than algorithms and applications—it’s language that powers dreams and dissolves barriers.
In my first 100 days, my role was to explore and build, navigating all the ways Black girls can participate in and lead tech.

We’ve been relentless.

The collaborative event with Hasbro was a wonder—over 150 attendees, including girls and their families. Each completed task, each “paycheck” in the form of a gift bag, represented more than a reward—it symbolized a future where these girls see themselves as creators and innovators.

My inaugural staff retreat was a testament to the strength of unity. We converged from across the nation, shared visions, refined our mission, and bolstered our values to serve our community better.

Our partnerships with industry giants— IBM, L’Oreal, Nextera, Verizon, and more—are leading us to a thriving ecosystem of innovation and learning. With product design courses led by Nike, workshops crafted with Epic Games, and the Build a Beat Challenge alongside Infosys and GoldieBlox, that drove one billion (yes, with a “b”) impressions, we’re proving that the horizon for our girls is infinite.

Yet, as I envision the future, the questions that propel us beckon: Who’s the next ally to join us? Which new communities will we kindle a spark in? How do we expand the platforms and programs that have garnered the affection and enthusiasm of our participants?

At BGC, STEM has always been our core, and now, with the inclusion of Art, we’re transforming STEM into STEAM. Our Build A Beat Challenge and Code Your Own Superhero initiatives exemplify tech as vibrant and expressive as a work on canvas or a song melody. Al and explorations into fashion and cartoons this spring await us. Further collaborations with ServiceNow, Udemy, and the NBA Foundation promise to deepen our impact.

Our eyes are ever-set on this: launching one million Black girls into tech by 2040. To get there, we’re expanding into new cities, rolling out “always on” programming, and expanding our focus to include a new generation of leaders.

Rooted in our core values of belonging, innovation, justice, impact, and joy, we step into each day with gratitude for people like you, dear donors, who embrace our mission and energize our vision.

Together, we’re coding a bright, equitable, and groundbreaking future. Thank you for standing alongside us.

Warm regards,
Cristina

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What we do

Since 2011, Black Girls Code has engaged girls of color with computer programming education to nurture their careers in tech.

We partner with schools, local organizations, and dedicated volunteers to offer in-person and virtual learning opportunities for girls and women of color aged 7-25.


Our programs go beyond coding skills, equipping participants with the knowledge and confidence to realize their dreams.

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Education

Multi-week courses, workshops, and training events expand tech skill sets.

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Community

Day camps, hackathons, and alumnae activities build connections.

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Workforce development

Alumnae activities and corporate sponsorships pave career paths.

BGC X Servicenow job training

BGC has partnered with ServiceNow to provide training and support to our community to help you break into the IT job market.

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Summer Camps

This summer we’re bringing BGC all around the country with day camps and intensive bootcamps.

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Congrats to the “Build A Beat” Challenge Winners!

Beat makers! Your entries made the “Build a Beat” Challenge a success..

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Upcoming Programs

Code for a Cause: Build a Website for Social Innovation

Code for a Cause: Build a Website for Social Innovation

Online

July 10, 2024

July 10, 2024
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We'll equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to tackle real-world challenges head-on so you can code for a cause.

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Scratch: Create the World You Imagine

Scratch: Create the World You Imagine

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July 16, 2024

July 16, 2024
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Unleash your imagination in this exciting course, where you'll learn to build your own magical world using MIT Scratch!

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BGC Atlanta & IBM Presents: Tech Divas Create: Equibots Powered by AI

BGC Atlanta & IBM Presents: Tech Divas Create: Equibots Powered by AI

6303 Barfield Road Atlanta, GA 30328

July 20, 2024

July 20, 2024
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This event introduces students aged 9-17 to the exciting world of chatbot development using IBM watsonx Assistant.

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Designing Interactive Greeting E-Cards using Scratch

Designing Interactive Greeting E-Cards using Scratch

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July 25, 2024

July 25, 2024
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Join us on a creative journey where you'll learn to design and animate personalized e-cards.

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Make an Arcade Game

Make an Arcade Game

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July 30, 2024

July 30, 2024
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Join Black Girls Code’s Make an Arcade Game session, and learn how to design and create your arcade game using Python.

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