AT&T is committed to closing the gender gap in technology by providing more young women with opportunities to participate in STEM programs. As part of that commitment, we recently announced a contribution of $1 million to Girls Who Code, a national nonprofit whose goal is to close the gender gap in the technology and engineering fields. Our funding will help the organization expand to additional cities across the country, offering more young women access to computer science courses and technology.
AT&T has supported Girls Who Code since 2012 when the organization created its Summer Immersion Program (SIP), which embeds 20 rising high school juniors and seniors in a technology company, like AT&T, and combines computer science education with real-world tech industry exposure during the summer.
Students do not need previous coding or computer science knowledge in order to apply, but must demonstrate a capacity for creative thinking and an interest in technology. AT&T was one of three companies to host an inaugural SIP class in New York City in 2012, and since then our support for Girls Who Code has only grown.
In addition to our enhanced support for the organization this year, I was excited to again welcome a class of 20 girls from across the five boroughs and metro suburbs, as well as one who travelled all the way from Houston, Texas, to our executive office in Midtown this past summer.
The intensive program, taking place for seven weeks, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm, provided the girls with a college semester’s worth of computer science curriculum.
The experience included interactive sessions with female executives from AT&T and a field trip to AT&T’s AdWorks media lab. The summer program culminated in a graduation at the AT&T Long Lines building in Tribeca, during which each of the girls received a diploma for completing the course, heard from one of their peers who spoke about her experiences in the AT&T SIP and presented their final projects to family, friends and AT&T executives.
During the graduation, I was thrilled to present Girls Who Code Founder & CEO Reshma Saujani with a giant, $1 million check from AT&T!
The building internal and external momentum around the AT&T-Girls Who Code collaboration is both exciting and rewarding as our two organizations continue working together to close the gender gap in technology. I would like to share with you a few recent media highlights that exhibit the important work we are doing:
• Time.com: Cracking the Girl Code: How to End the Tech Gender Gap | View Clip here | 07/31/2014
• Chalkbeat: As computer science slowly makes inroads in schools, summer programs multiply | View Clip here | 08/05/2014
• Daily Beast: AT&T Gives $1 Million to Girls Who Code | View Clip here | 08/27/2014
• Queens Chronicle: It Does Compute for Three Queens Girls | View Clip here | 08/28/2014
• Technical.ly Brooklyn: Girls Who Code graduates two new devs from Brooklyn high schools | View Clip here | 09/04/2014
AT&T's support for Girls Who Code is part of AT&T Aspire, the company’s signature education initiative, focusing on school success and workforce readiness. In addition to AT&T’s involvement in Girls Who Code, the company has given more than $103 million to support STEM initiatives since 1987.
I am proud to be a part of a company whose unwavering dedication to tech education and closing the gender gap has remained at the forefront of its goals and excited to see all the great things our girls who code do in the future!
President — AT&T New York