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YOU’RE INVITED TO OUR DIGITAL GIRL FIGHT NIGHT FUNDRAISER!

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DIGITAL GIRL FIGHT NIGHT

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Digital Girl, Inc. has added a 3rd non-fee based weekly after-school coding class and are currently organizing a summer program. We are aggressively seeking funding as we continue to expand. Please join our fundraiser “Girlfight” on May 2nd.

Bring a friend and/or spread the word!

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DIGITAL GIRL, INC. HOSTED FIRST HOUR OF CODE FOR 4th AND 5th GRADERS IN BEDFORD STUYVESANT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Michelle Gall, Executive Director 347.857.8647; Toni Robinson, Consultant 646.302.7068

DIGITAL GIRL, INC. HOSTED FIRST HOUR OF CODE FOR 4th AND 5th GRADERS IN BEDFORD STUYVESANT

Non-profit Start-Up, Digital Girl, Inc. hosted Hour of Code for 200 4th and 5th grade students (along with 10 teachers) on December 9th & 10th. Held at PS 21, Crispus Attucks Elementary School in Bedford-Stuyvesant, students were able to join the world’s largest learning event in history geared towards introducing girls and the under represented to the basic concepts of computer programming.​

The response from the students and teachers was overwhelming, “I love this so much, I will code until I die” remarked one student. Another student stated, “This day was the best day of my life.” While another commented, “I got to understand what coding is and how to use it. It is important to understand coding when using technology.” The principal was also impressed and excited and inquired, “When can you return?” upon the completion on the 8th and last class. Digital Girl, Inc. is in talks with the administration to develop an ongoing relationship.

The Hour of Code, organized by Code.org, is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in over 180 countries. During the event, students were guided by Toni Robinson, a software engineer, and tutorials provided by Code.org on completing coding exercises. By hosting and facilitating this event, Digital Girl, Inc. helped to demystify code and expose the majority of students claiming no prior knowledge of coding. It was Digital Girl’s goal to inspire the girls at an early age to pursue careers women and people of color have historically lacked a presence in. Technology and software industries suffer from an extreme lack of diversity. Computer Science students on average are only 18% female, 3% black and 8% Hispanic.

Digital Girl Incorporated is a not for profit organization dedicated to empowering the underserved young girls of Bedford Stuyvesant to pursue careers in STEM disciplines, therefore maximizing their potential to be contributing individuals in society. Newly founded, the Hour of Code program will serve as a soft launch to the many initiatives to come in 2015!

For more information on Digital Girl, Inc., contact: Michelle Gall, 347.857.8647 or Toni Robinson at 646.302.7068.

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Media Coverage

http://brooklyn.news12.com/news/bed-stuy-students-learn-to-code-video-games-with-hour-of-code-initiative-1.9697858

http://dnainfo.com/new-york/20141210/bed-stuy/technology-nonprofit-teaches-coding-brooklyn-girls

DIGITAL GIRL, INC. HOSTS FIRST HOUR OF CODE IN BED-STUY, BROOKLYN!

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Before I go any further, I must first send condolences to the parents, family and friends of the two men of color who died at the hands of two police officers who have yet to suffer any repercussions for doing so. My heart also goes out to the millions of black people who fear further, for their sons, nephews, brothers, husbands and fathers after the no indictment verdict was read and had to wake up the next day to continue on as though nothing happened and racism does not exist, for I was one of them. I am empathetic to the people who are not of color who have genuine relationships with people of color and felt deep sorrow for the treatment they were witnessing as I have many dear non-black friends who felt hopeless and ashamed also. This is a sad time for our nation indeed. This moment in history, like Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Sean Bell, Amadou Diallo, Emmett Till, Rodney King and so many before, after and in between, will never be forgotten. These actions have undoubtedly unleashed a power that was dormant in many of us, black and white, and because of this, change is going to come. Alice Walker once said, “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” We common people have finally realized that we are indeed powerful.

I am fortunate to have realized the latter statement sooner than most and as some of you may know I’ve been in the process of organizing a foundation to empower our inner-city youth, especially girls. Empowerment begins with education. Once you know better, you do better! I am proud to announce that Digital Girl, Inc. is officially recognized by New York State as a not for profit organization dedicated to empowering the underserved young girls of Bedford Stuyvesant to pursue careers in STEM disciplines, therefore maximizing their potential to be contributing individuals in society. On December 9th and 10th we will be soft launching by hosting and facilitating “Hour of Code” at Public School 21 in Bed-Stuy! Check out the official Press Release below for more information!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Michelle Gall, Executive Director 347.857.8647;  Toni Robinson, Consultant 646.302.7068

DIGITAL GIRL, INC. HOSTS FIRST HOUR OF CODE IN BED-STUY

Brooklyn, NY December 9th and 10th – Non-profit Start-Up, Digital Girl, Inc. joins the world’s largest learning event in history by hosting Hour of Code at Public School 21, Crispus Attucks Elementary School! Digital Girl, Inc will work with the 4th and 5th grade students, hoping to encourage an enthusiastic excitement to learning the concepts of computer programming.

The Hour of Code, organized by Code.org, is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in over 180 countries. Last year 15 million students worldwide learned an hour of code and over 10 million were female! That makes more girls trying computer science in one day, than there has been in total over the last 70 years! By hosting and facilitating this event, Digital Girl, Inc. will help get the Bed-Stuy community involved.

Computer science drives innovation in the US economy and society. Despite a growing demand for jobs in the field, it remains marginalized throughout the US K-12 education system. Technology and software industries suffer from an extreme lack of diversity. Hour of Code is the first step in changing this by allowing students to learn about the discipline of computer science. Last year almost half of all Hour of Code participants were girls, 8% black and 14% Hispanic. Computer Science students on average are only 18% female, 3% black and 8% Hispanic. For more information on the Hour of Code visit www.hourofcode.org.

Digital Girl Incorporated is a not for profit organization dedicated to empowering the underserved young girls of Bedford Stuyvesant to pursue careers in STEM disciplines, therefore maximizing their potential to be contributing individuals in society. Newly founded, the Hour of Code program will serve as a soft launch to the many initiatives to come in 2015! For more information on Digital Girl, Inc., contact: Michelle Gall, 347.857.8647.

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What is International Day of the Girl Child?

Starting in 2012 the United Nations marked October 11th, International Day of the Girl Child. This day is dedicated to the empowerment of girls around the world with activities partaking through various organizations worldwide. Each year has a theme and this years theme is, “Empowering adolescent girls: Ending the cycle of violence”. UN Women Executive Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will speak be speaking at the UNICEF House co-sponsored by UNICEF, UN Women, UNFPA and Plan International, from 12.30-2 p.m.

Today is actually Girlpreneur Day, day 9 of 11 Days of Action, a movement launched by The Day of the Girl Summit. The organization has managed to expand from just 11 devoted days to 11 months of the year! What an amazing achievement in such little time!

The entire premise of this special day makes me tingle inside. I keep thinking of all the ways Digital Girl Inc. will contribute and bring a greater awareness of this day to my community in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. While there are some events occurring throughout our borough, I have not heard of anything in this neighborhood. I know of so many children would could benefit from something such a unified push!

While I recognize my immediate surroundings need assistance, the outcry for help is loud and clear from other places around the world.  Research shows that being born a girl in this world can leave a child at a huge disadvantage in life. Around the world women can be seen as a liability or as a sexual instrument or baby making tool.  Below are just a few saddening facts according to the World Bank:

  • Globally more males are finishing primary school than women.
  • More countries hold a bias to women attending secondary school than primary.
  • Low incomes are most responsible for the disparity in most regions.
  • The 20 lowest literacy rates were found in Sub-Saharan African countries except Pakistan.

Education is key to lifting women out of poverty so it just show’s you how much work is necessary. I hope one can see that it is indeed going to take the united village, our flattened world to get women to a point where we no longer have to fight for education, quality, a voice or simple recognition as adults with feelings and thoughts the same as man. If you have more time, feel free to digest more statistics.

Are you planning to participate in International Day of the Girl Child? Here are some of the ways you can get involved!

  1. Hangout with U.S. Dept of State & Ambassador today, October 9th @ 7:30am EDT for Global Women’s Issues!
  2. Take the challenge from Pink Lemonade Stand and The Day of the Girl Summit and come up with an idea, a cause, a dream or a motto and share it with the world, using #Girlpreneur #IDG2014 #11DaysofAction GIRLPRENUER
  3. Be a part of the “Girls in the Lead” campaign of The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), where WAGGGS IDG Ambassador Maria Augustina from Argentina will be taking over the @UN Women twitter feed at 10AM EST.
  4. Join the Brighter Future Movement, brought to you by Plan’s Because I am a Girl Campaigna global initiative to end gender inequality, promote girls’ rights and lift millions of girls – and everyone around them – out of poverty.
  5. Host an event for Girl Up, an innovative campaign of the United Nations Foundation.
  6. Learn about and spread awareness about the future of girls in Bangladesh. 
  7. Take a quiz to find out how much you really know about women and poverty in the world!
  8. Get your Day of the Girl Avatar and set it as your profile pic for your social media accounts!
  9. Follow Black Girls Code and YWCA on twitter for live tweets of their Women In Color Stem Panel on October 11th!
  10. And last but not least, spend some added QT with the young girls in your life and make sure you tell them they can be anything they want to be as long as they put their minds to it!

BLACK GIRLS CODE HEADS BACK TO BROOKLYN FOR INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL CHILD

This Saturday, October 11th, Black Girls Code partners up with YWCA of Brooklyn to present a stellar panel of women of color STEM professionals! The goal of the event is to increase interest of girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics career fields (STEM). Statistics show that people of color have been and remain underrepresented in STEM careers. By bringing more events like this one and having more programs like Black Girls Code we can help bring awareness to inner city children of all the possibilities pursuing a career in a STEM discipline can bring! We need to make more options available to them!

October 11th is International Day of the Girl Child, a day devoted to empowering girls around the world. Black Girls Code and YWCA picked a perfect day to introduce young minds to professions they may not even know exist to them! One of the main reasons I strive to open Digital Girl, Inc. is because regardless of the fact that I consistently received citywide test scores of 98 and above in Math and Science, no one ever told me once that I could be a scientist. As silly as it may seem, the truth of the matter is the scientists on TV were usually men with no resemblance my dad. Usually, they didn’t even have his accent, so it never occurred to me that I could very well be on one of those National Geographic shows I loved to watch so much growing up with my dad.

“Women and people of color are traditionally vastly underrepresented in STEM fields especially in technology where only 3% of African American women and less than 1% of Latinas receive degrees in computer science. The Women of Color Career Panel will provide girls from all corners of New York City an opportunity to be exposed to a career field in which there will be 1.4 million jobs created by the year 2020,” says Kimberly Bryant, Black Girls CODE Founder & Executive Director.

If more inner city children had access to even 1/8th of those nearly 2 million opportunities, think of the difference that would make to our communities. The strengthening of our communities lay in the empowerment of our youth. We must teach them to become confident, self sufficient, societal leaders. We must teach them to believe in themselves. We must teach them about the power of education and it’s impact on an individual, their lives and the people around them.  Martha Kamber, the YWCA of Brooklyn CEO and President says,  “The YWCA believes that educating girls about their career options, especially in higher paying nontraditional occupations, will not only support women to become leaders in these fields, it will also help close the gender wage gap.” I couldn’t agree more!

When I found out this event was coming to my hometown, I knew I couldn’t miss it! Tickets to this free event are now sold out but I am proud to say that I will be in the building taking pictures and as well as notes! I will use this event to show my local politicians and community leaders how beneficial events like these are and that we need a program like Digital Girl, Inc to be thee vessel of STEM knowledge and awareness to the Bedford-Stuyvesant youth! I hope you will stay tuned to get the highlights and take aways from this amazing event!