The need for technology and information security leaders in the workforce continues to grow. Recognizing the gap, U.S. Bank has invested in a national partnership with Girls Who Code, a nonprofit focused on closing the gender gap in technology.
Throughout the 2018-19 school year, U.S. Bank will support Girls Who Code Clubs across the country. Specifically, the bank’s Women in Technology and Operation Services Group will serve as mentors and leaders with the Clubs, creating career exploration events and assisting with the Clubs’ year-long projects. U.S. Bank will hold signature events with Girls Who Code Clubs in Atlanta, Dallas, Cincinnati and in its headquarters in the Twin Cities.
"We're so grateful to be working with U.S. Bank to bring our lessons of bravery, sisterhood and coding to girls around the country to show them that they can change the world with computer science." said Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code.
Girls Who Code Clubs are free after school programs for 6th-12th grade girls. This year, the organization is also expanding its Clubs programming to reach 3rd-5th grade girls. In the 2018-2019 academic year, Girls Who Code will grow its programs in all 50 states, with plans to double the organization’s reach to 200,000 girls.
“Technology is so vitally important to our world, our daily lives and with how we manage our finances,” said Christopher Higgins, chief information officer for U.S. Bank. “In our business, we need smart, well-trained technology leaders to keep our customers’ information safe and secure and our operations running seamlessly. Through our Community Possible platform, we are focused on closing the gap between people and possibility in the areas of Work, Home and Play. Helping prepare young people for the workforce is at the heart of what we do and we are excited to partner with Girls Who Code to empower our next generation of technology leaders.”
Girls Who Code is a national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology and change the image of what a programmer looks like and does. With their 7-week Summer Immersion Program, a 2-week specialized Campus Program, after school Clubs, College Loops program and New York Times best-selling book series, they are leading the movement to inspire, educate, and equip young women with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities. Girls Who Code has reached over 90,000 girls in all 50 states and several U.S. territories. To join the movement or learn more, visit girlswhocode.com.