Black Girls CODE

Black Girls CODE Receives Generous Donation From General Motors

Black Girls CODEBlack Girls Code is a non-profit organization with a goal to make women of color a more present force in the digital space.

Having already inspired thousands of black girls throughout America, the organization has recently announced a partnership with General Motors, which comes with a sizable donation; $255,000, to be exact. 

This funding will be put toward the launching and maintaining of  an arm of the organization in the Detroit metro area.

The partnership will emphasize on inspiring further interest in STEM careers for young women of color, particularly since, currently, just 3 percent of African-American women and less than 1 percent of Latinas graduate from college with degrees in computer science.

“Although we’ve hosted workshops in the area off and on since 2012, we are thrilled to officially launch a Black Girls CODE chapter in Detroit with the support of GM and other corporate and community partners like Comcast and Wayne State University,” says Kimberly Bryant, CEO of Black Girls Code.

She adds,

“Our regular programming, launching this fall, will lay a foundation to fully engage girls of color in Detroit and is designed to inspire them to continue their paths as future STEM professionals.”

Black Girls CODE was recently offered  a $125,000 donation from Uber, but Bryant declined the offer, as she felt it was simply a PR stunt cleverly orchestrated to distract people of color from Uber’s notorious diversity issues. Instead, Bryant managed to raise $150,000 for the organization  via crowdfunding.

For additional details on Black Girls CODE, visit the organization’s official website.

By: Danielle Dixon

Follow her on Twitter: @tooprettydani

 

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