Girls Can Code is a non-profit organization founded 3 years ago at Stanford Online High School by Kayla Leung. Since then, Girls Can Code has expanded beyond the scope of just a single school to local communities across the world from Alaska to Singapore. We recruit girls to learn more about coding through club meetings, free workshops, and mentoring teams to compete in Technovation and the Congressional App Challenge.
Of the thousands of high school students who take the AP Computer Science test, females make up 20% and a measly 0.4% of high school girls express interest in majoring in Computer Science. The U.S. Department of Labor projects that by 2020, there will be 1.4 million computer specialist job openings and women are on track to only fill 3% of those positions.
To combat the gender gap, our goal is to encourage more girls to get involved by showing girls that they can code, that coding is useful and fun, and provide a friendly enviornment for girls to speak up, ask questions, engage in discussion, and share their passion for coding.
Kayla Leung is the President and Founder of Girls Can Code. She leads weekly club meetings, covering topics from electronics to web programming and mentored a team to become a Semi Finalist in the Technovation Challenge. Not wanting Girls Can Code to just stop as a school club, she expanded the club to workshops at local libraries to teach girls how to code and publish their own websites/apps.
Bella Laybourn is the Club Leader of Girls Can Code. As one of the original members of the club, Bella was a skilled, commited, and passionate coder from the start. She has gone on to create and teach coding workshops in her own local community, lead programming meetings online, and serve as the Head Mobile App Developer on the Senior Team
Chelsea Cheng is a Girls Can Code Workshop Instructor. An active member of Robotics and Odyssey of the Mind with a background in electrical and mechanical engineering, Chelsea has been learning how to program on her own for over two years.