Teaching Tech to Bay Area Girls
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area is joining forces with Google and the YWCA of Silicon Valley to create a Women in Tech Program that impacts the children we serve in an entirely new way.
This program, held on-site at Google’s Mountain View headquarters, pairs mentee “Little Sisters” from YWCA’s TechGYRLS Program with “Big Sister” mentors from Google’s employee ranks, and aims to bridge the gender gaps that currently exist in exposure, access, and achievement in the tech industry workforce.
Despite numerous successes for women in education in the US — earning more undergraduate degrees than their male counterparts, comprising nearly half of all high school Intel Science and Engineering Fair competitors — women remain far behind in computer science and related fields. Just 18% of all computer science degrees are earned by women, and less than 20% of computer science AP exams are taken by high school aged girls.
Post-graduation paints a bleaker picture. While the technology sector is booming — set to create an estimated 1.4 million job openings by 2020 — there are fewer women in computer- science-related careers now than there were nearly 20 years ago in 1990.
“While Silicon Valley is the technology capital of the world, the youth we serve right in its backyard remain closed off from all the opportunities that surround them,” said Dawn Kruger, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area.
“With this extension of our successful workplace mentoring program, these underrepresented girls will be offered educational and skill building activities paired with the support of a 1-to -1 mentor. Through this, we aim to give them the tools needed to reach their full potential and achieve their dreams.”
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