Chicago Street Journal -- September 30, 2017

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Black Girls Code Organization Receives

$255K in Funding from General Motors

Detroit, MI — Black Girls Code, a non-profit organization that

aims to increase the number of women of color in the digital

space, has announced a partnership with General Motors, which

includes a generous donation of $255,000. The funding will be

used to launch and maintain a local chapter of the organization

in the Detroit metro area.

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This partnership aims to increase interest in STEM career fields

for girls of color. Women of color are traditionally underrepresented

in STEM fields, especially in technology. Only 3 percent

of African-American women and less than 1 percent of Latinas

receive degrees in computer science.

Kimberly Bryant, CEO of Black Girls Code, comments,

“Although we’ve hosted workshops in the area off and on since

2012, we are thrilled to officially launch a Black Girls CODE

chapter in Detroit with the support of GM and other corporate

and community partners like Comcast and Wayne State University.

“Our regular programming, launching this fall, will lay a foundation

to fully engage girls of color in Detroit and is designed to

inspire them to continue their paths as future STEM professionals,”

she adds.

Since their launch in April 2011, Black Girls Code has had the

ultimate goal to provide African-American youth with the skills

to occupy some of the 1.4 million computing job openings expected

to be available in the U.S. by 2020, and to train 1 million

girls by 2040.

The organization was recently offered a $125,000 donation from

Uber, but Bryant politely turned it down because she says she

felt that it was just a PR stunt meant to distract people from

Uber’s dismal track record on diversity issues. She then went

and raised $150,000 for the organization through crowdfunding.

For more details about the organization, visit

www.BlackGirlsCode.org

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