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!
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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.