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These Teen Girls Have Tips On Engaging Youth With STEM

June 22, 2018

Roberto Torres, Lead Philly Reporter for Technical.ly Philly, talks about the TechGirlz Teen Advisory Board (TAB) featuring alumnae of the program. The TAB members had the opportunity to share their TechGirlz experiences and how the involvement with the organization has shaped their futures in tech, in hopes that other girls will continue to pursue their interests in tech, too. The full article was originally published June 18, 2018 on Technical.ly Philly. Curbing the drop-off in STEM interest among young women has to start by listening to them. It’s why TechGirlz — the Philly-based nonprofit that connects middle school–aged girls with…

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Colleges Should Recruit Tech Girls like Athletes

June 19, 2018

TechGirlz founder/CEO, Tracey Welson-Rossman, is a contributor for Code Like a Girl- an offshoot of Medium that focuses on “breaking down society's perceptions of women in technology.” In this article, Tracey explains the importance of continual mentorships for young women in tech and how TechGirlz is working to give middle school girls access to college campuses, such as Drexel, thanks to the organizations new partnership with the university. The full article was originally published June 12, 2018 on Code Like a Girl. The number of high school girls thinking about careers in technology has been steadily declining. If you have…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Deirdre Clarke

June 15, 2018

Written by volunteer Alison Perch Though TechGirlz was founded in Philadelphia, volunteers can share our curriculum and spread our mission from anywhere in the world. One example is a dedicated community of TechGirlz volunteers in the Triangle region of North Carolina (Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill). Deirdre Clarke, who has worked in the software industry for many years, brought TechGirlz curriculum to the Triangle. When Deirdre’s daughter enrolled in North Carolina State University as an engineering major, Deirdre learned a troubling statistic. During orientation, the university announced that only 12% of the graduating computer science class was female. “It bugged…

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TechGirlz Featured in the WSJ’s ‘The Search for Women Who Want Cybersecurity Careers’

June 12, 2018

Deborah Gage, a reporter for The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), shares how nonprofits, such as TechGirlz, and tech companies are working to get younger girls interested in cyber security. The full article was originally published May 29, 2018 in the Business and Journal Reports: Leadership section of The Wall Street Journal online. Additionally, it appeared in the May 30, 2018, print edition of The Wall Street Journal. There is a shortage of workers in cybersecurity and a shortage of women in tech jobs. New efforts to get girls interested in cybersecurity are aimed at tackling both of those problems. Boston…

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05/23 Designing Mobile Apps TechShop Recap

June 7, 2018

Written by volunteer instructor Vinessia Hankins Vinessia Hankins works for Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions, Inc. and is a part of our continually growing TechGirlz volunteer community in Raleigh, North Carolina. The workshop ‘Designing Mobile Apps’ has definitely become one of my favorites offered by TechGirlz. I initially served as a TA (teaching assistant) when I was first introduced to this particular workshop, but I quickly realized that I could and wanted to host this workshop again to even more girls because I understood not only the importance of ‘design thinking’, but also the fact that anyone, not just ‘techies’ would…

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