When I was studying in college, I was continuously the only girl in my courses and often questioned whether or not I was in the right place or if the tech arena was for me. As I grew older and worked within major corporations, I felt that I was using my skills and talents to benefit big brands but not to actually make a difference when it came to issues I cared about. After I become a mother, I became heavily invested in learning about issues in my community- especially pertaining to equity and gender inequalities.
Eventually I got tired of being the "complainer" and decided it was time to become part of the solution in creating a better world for my child. It was at this time that I decided to leave the corporate world and join the Code/Art team- working to reach more girls in underrepresented communities to educate them and offer more opportunities that they may have not otherwise been introduced to.
Being that we're located in Miami, I feel that we're in a great location to reach Hispanic and Black communities and begin to tilt the scale. Currently, Black women hold just 3% of computing jobs and Latina women hold just 1%. Our mission is to provide early intro to coding programs so that girls can eventually have access to higher-paying and fulfilling jobs and also realize that this field and job roles are, in fact, for them.
The gift of giving! Help provide a Creative Coding (40 hours) scholarship for one girl! Code/Art's mission is to inspire girls to code through an art-infused curriculum that allows girls to be creative and express themselves while learning fundamental programming languages.
By joining our T.E.C.H. (Together Empowering CodeHER), donors are investing in STEM education for girls and helping close the gender gap in computer science. Now more than ever, we need the best minds- both male and female- creating the technology that we all rely on.
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