Black Girls Code, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing technology education for African American girls between 7-17, is reaching a milestone. The organization was founded in 2011 by Kimberly Bryant when her daughter returned from a technology camp dissatisfied with her experience and lamenting the fact that she was the only African American girl there.
Since 2011, Black Girls Code has been recognized by the likes of Microsoft, Toyota, with an award presented by Oprah, and many more.
Now, they’re partnering with Google and will be moving into the company’s New York office.
According to Fast Company, the partnership comes as Google is attempting to diversity their pool off job candidates.
Black Girls Code (BGC) will use the 3,000 square-foot space as both a classroom and a base for coordinating East Coast programs.
BGC hopes that by being in the actual building, the girls will have more mentorship and internship opportunities.
But Bryant says the relationship will be reciprocal.
“They can also learn from us, seeing the work that we’re doing right under their roof, so to speak, in engaging these younger communities of color.”
The partnership should prove to be helpful to Google as well as they are trying to amend its record of hiring mostly White men. When the company released statistics on their employees in 2014, revealing that African Americans made up just 2% of company staff, they promised to do better.
Since 2015, the company has spent $150 million on inclusion programs, diversity initiatives, both within and outside of the Googleplex. Black Girls Code was among the beneficiaries of that spending.
Since its founding, BGC has worked with 6,000 children, teaching them to code and build mobile apps. The goal is to train 1 million young women of color by 2040.