The #BlackGirlsCode (BGC) movement is all about teaching young black girls aged seven to 17 about technology.
This non-profit organization was founded in 2011 by Kimberly Bryant, a black woman who worked as an electrical engineer in the biotech industry for 20 years. The primary goal of BGC is to teach young black girls computer programming, coding, and website/robot/mobile application-building.
Bryant’s daughter Kai inspired her to start BGC. She saw how her daughter was dissatisfied with her experience at a summer computer program. Bryant told Ebony Magazine that she disliked hearing about how her daughter got less attention from the program’s counselors than the boys who participated.
Bryant’s daughter also told her that she was one of very few girls who were enrolled in the summer computer program. “I wanted to find a way to engage and interest my daughter in becoming a digital creative instead of just a consumer, and I did not find other programs that were targeted to girls like her from underrepresented communities,” Bryant said in an interview with Ebony.
Fast forward to 2016 and BGC is experiecing success that nobody ever thought the organization would achieve. There are currently well over 2000 black girls participating in BGC and the program has even expanded to Africa. According to UrbanIntellectuals.com, BGC now has the biggest name in the tech industry behind its brand.
BGC has negotiated the acquistion of some operating space in Google’s New York headquarters, which is worth $2.8 million dollars.
“More than a fancy pad, this space will put them up close and personal with some of the world’s best programmers and give them access to the top of the tech industry,” wrote Forest Parks, a writer for Urban Intellectuals.
“Google gifted them this space, that means Google probably will be eyeing up some of the talent and looking to recruit when the time is right!” Parks continued.
Google is 100 percent behind this move for BGC and is working toward helping the organization diversify the industry of technology.
“We need a tech sector that looks like the society it serves, and groups like Black Girls Code are ensuring that we can cultivate and access talent in communities of colour,” said William Floyd, Google’s chief of external affairs.