“Girls Who Code” Helps Struggling Students Prepare For Their Future [Video]

The program works to give the students marketable career and social skills.

Brookview House is a nonprofit organization that provides housing for homeless women and children. In addition to their other useful programs, the organization has recently adopted a new program, “Girls Who Code,” which teaches young girls from middle and high school how to code. Some of the girls are homeless, and others are at-risk of homelessness.

The program is a part of the national Girls Who Code organization, which celebrates its second year at the Dorchester Center in Massachusetts.  The program is supposed to teach the kids a useful skill that will help them prepare for the future. Executive director Deborah Hughes said about the program, “Our purpose is to help them increase their self-esteem and confidence and to prevent future homelessness.  It is our hope that this confidence will propel them on to a track that leads to college.”

 

The girls are able to use computers in the Brookview computer lab. They meet weekly and follow curriculum received from the national organization. Volunteers – including members of local tech companies – guide the students through modules. In addition to teaching the girls skills about website and app creation, the students are also able to develop socially. Hughes told HuffPost, “They arrive apprehensive and introverted — often with behavior problems in school. After a few months in the program, they find their voice. They demonstrate more confidence, increased self esteem and improved behavior in school.”

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