Girls are under-represented in computer science but, fortunately, several organizations (including EXCSL!) are working hard to try to improve the situation. Here are some of them:
She++ is an organization that runs a Fellowship for high school students called #include.
The aim of the organization is to “empower high school students to work with their communities and use technology to address needs in their communities.”
Students can receive the #include Fellowship without having previous skills in technology. The #include Fellows are given resources and mentoring to both improve their own technical skills and to start an initiative related to computer science in their communities. So, receiving a #include Fellowship is a great leadership and community-focused opportunity.
#include Fellows are invited to a three-day, an all-expenses paid trip to the she++ Summit, which is held in the San Francisco area. They get opportunities to meet technology leaders, tour well-known technology companies, receive mentorship from the she++ team and from Stanford faculty members, and so on.
For more information, click HERE to go to their website.
This organization has several programs, all of which are completely FREE:
This consists of two-week beginner and advanced courses on computer science topics during the summer. The courses are held in many cities around the US.
These are free after-school programs for two girls who are either in 3rd to 5th grade OR in 6th to 12th grade.
For seven weeks during the summer, participants participate in training on the campuses of tech companies all around the US.
These are programs on the campuses of many universities and colleges around the US that are hosted by girls who are alumni of Girls Who Code programs.
For more information about Girls Who Code, click HERE to go to their website.
This organization provides training in computer science but only to high school girls from the Silicon Valley area. They host a series of one-day events including Code Camp.
To get more information about Girls Teaching Girls to Code, click HERE to go their website
Other resources about computer science for girls