December 15, 2020

Girls Who Code and Walmart Prepare Young Girls for a Future in Technology

Ten girls have prepared the way for students to be impacted for years to come through White’s Junior and Senior High School. Just before COVID-19, White’s Residential & Family Services launched a relationship with the global organization called Girls Who Code.

Girls Who Code (GWC) is a network of teenage girls being supported by teachers and role models to learn about Computer Science. The club explores simple tutorials, face to face meetings with people in the community, interactive and hands on activities, and team projects that teach solutions to real world problems. GWC is on a mission to close the gender gap in technology and to change the image of what a programmer looks like and does. And now our local GWC Chapter has teamed up with Walmart to prepare more young girls for a possible future in a possible vocation in the tech industry. 

Valerie Trail, White’s School Sponsor for the GWC Group is excited for the gift of a Micro-Bit Educator Lab Pack from Girls Who Code and Walmart in order to help girls get excited about tech. The Lab Pack contains a set of microchips that can be programmed and designed for the classroom.

“I am excited to begin using the new equipment once our COVID restrictions are lifted (allowing the second group to gather),” says Trail.

Girls Who Code is a nonprofit organization which aims to support and increase the number of women in computer science by equipping young women with the necessary computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities.

White’s Junior/Senior High School is part of the MSD of Wabash County Indiana. The school serves the residents of White’s Residential & Family Services, a 170-year old nonprofit working with the Departments of Child Services, Corrections, Probation, and Education to provide residential, therapeutic, educational, and vocational services to over 250 young men and women in the juvenile justice system each year.

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