Source: Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast
Through a generous grant from Google.org, Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast (GSCCC) hosted a kick-off event for our new Girl Code program on Saturday, August 19 at GSCCC’s Camp Arnaz. GSCCC is hosting this event to introduce Girl Scouts to coding activities, which will become building blocks for series, camps and workshops over the next few years throughout California’s Central Coast.
Digital NEST will collaborate with GSCCC to co-develop curriculum to support underserved communities, as well as train volunteers and staff to lead coding activities. Digital NEST provides youth and young adults ages high school through 24 with free access to computers, software, Wi-Fi, and a full range of state-of-the-art digital tools and classes. Through training, collaboration, and professional mentorship, young people master the technological skills they need to pursue higher education, launch careers, and join businesses in the community.
“We are excited to present the GIRL CODE program to girls throughout our council’s six counties,” said Jody Skenderian, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast. “By teaching girls that they can code, girls become empowered to seek new careers and opportunities in fields where women are typically underrepresented, such as robotics and cyber security.”
Founded by Executive Director Jacob Martinez, the Digital NEST is based on more than a dozen years of experience and research in teaching tech as a way to overcome economic disparities and achieve equity for Latinos and girls. “We are very enthusiastic about this collaboration,” Martinez said. “By partnering with Girl Scouts, Digital NEST can help carry out its mission to promote careers in STEM for girls from all economic backgrounds along California’s Central Coast.”
GSCCC’s GIRL CODE program lets girls participate in various hands-on digital and non-digital coding activities.