Photo credits: Sasha Alston/Kickstarter
An amazing black female teen has defied the odds by not only blazing a trail and bringing diversity to the STEM fields. She has also become a published children’s book author who is encouraging little black girls to do the same thing.
The Huffington Post very recently put out a report about a vibrant young lady named Sasha A. Alston (pictured left). Alston, 19, is a student at Pace University in New York City, New York. She is currently an information systems major and a marketing minor. Alston is particularly passionate about writing code, which is an essential technological skill.
Not only is the coding field an in-demand trade division of technology, it provides a decent salary for people who either do it entrepreneurially or work for a firm doing it. However, Alston has learned through her experiences as a student already that the information technology field does not have a plethora of black women involved in it.
Determined, compassionate, and focused, Alston embarked on an educational and financial mission to change all that to the best of her ability. She obviously understood that the process of reaching black women and getting them excited about coding has to start when they are really young.
Earlier this year, Alston started a campaign using Kickstarter in order to go about the business of funding, developing, and publishing a children’s book she wrote called “Sasha Savvy Loves to Code.” According to a February 2017 message update on her Kickstarter web page, Alston overwhelmingly surpassed her modest financial goal for the book project.
In just 44 days, Alston raised $17,602 dollars, which was provided by 529 investors, and thus, her book vision was brought to life. “This has been an amazing experience. I truly appreciate you. Thanks for helping me to inspire girls to not only explore STEM but to dream BIG!” Alston wrote on her Kickstarter web page about the project.
Alston gave an exclusive interview to the Huffington Post and spoke in detail about her motivations behind writing and publishing “Sasha Savvy Loves to Code.”
“A lot of people aren’t aware of what STEM is and what coding is,” she said. “I wanted to raise awareness of the acronym, specifically for girls,” Alston told the Huffington Post.