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Why these Code Chicas want you to join the next cohort

posted June 20, 2019 | in College & Career by Latinitas staff

The Latinitas team is brimming with hope and excitement now that its latest cohort of girls aged 14 to 19 is fully immersed in the Code Chica Certification Program. The groundbreaking initiative, made possible through partnerships with like-minded Austin-based organizations such as Austin Coding School and KLE Foundation, is a free 8-week program that teaches girls about HTML, CSS and JavaScript to create their own websites.

Students work with on-site coding instructors and guest speakers to learn about computer science, engineering and technology development. After mastering coding fundamentals, the girls explore STEM careers and earn a $75 stipend for participating. The first cohort of girls will finish the program on June 29, while the second cohort hits the ground running on July 20.

The first cohort of Code Chicas recently reflected on their experiences in the program and encourages other girls to participate.

Renita

“I chose to be a Code Chica participant because the future is tech and there’s nothing wrong with learning a new skill, especially if it is essential to have in the 21st century,” said Renita, an emerging freshman at McNeil High School. She wants to be a pediatrician and knows her path in college will require a health-related course of study.

KIPP Austin Collegiate 10th grader Camila knew to participate in Code Chica meant the best of both worlds: Learning about programming in a supportive environment that understands the stereotypes female programmers must overcome.

Camila

“I know this will help me along the way to college in my dreams of being a software engineer,” she said.

Daniela attends sister campus KIPP Austin Academy of Arts and Letters and has a beautiful and ambitious goal of studying neuroscience in college. The ultimate goal is for her to attend medical school. She enjoyed learning to build and edit her own website as part of the Code Chica programming.

Daniela

“I chose to be a Code Chica participant because it seemed like a challenge (and it can be) and I wanted to know more about coding,” Daniela said.

Mubashira, a 13-year-old student at Chaparral Star Academy, aspires to study aerospace engineering in college.

Mubashira

“I chose to be part of Code Chica because I wanted to try something new,” she said.

Fellow Chaparral Star Academy student Sofia doesn’t quite know what she wants to study in college yet, but she knew Code Chica was a win-win whatever path she chooses.

Sofia

“I found Code Chica so I can figure that out and explore my options,” the 10th grader said.

Semra, a 15-year-old student at Harmony School of Endeavor, heard about the Code Chica camp from her school counselor.

Semra

“I liked the idea of trying out something new and learning about coding in the process,” Semra said.

To sign up for Code Chica, visit bit.ly/code-chica-program