Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code, the national non-profit dedicated to closing the gender gap in the tech industry, is looking for community partners this coming school year to launch Girls Who Code Clubs across the communities in the IHLS service area. Clubs are FREE after-school programs for 3-5th grade or 6-12th grade girls to use computer science to impact their community and join our sisterhood of supportive peers and role models. These clubs are hosted in schools, universities, libraries, community centers, faith-based organizations, or nonprofits.

In Illinois, they've already partnered with Chicago Public Schools, Harlem School District 122, and Valley View School District to increase free computer science opportunities for elementary, middle, and high school girls.

IHLS encourages you to discuss the possibility of partnering with Girls Who Code for the 2018-19 school year! If you are interested and would like more information, you can schedule a 20-30 minute phone meeting with Jackson Thomas, a Girls Who Code representative, using this link, which indicates his daily availability.

IHLS has partnered with Girls Who Code in order to offer member libraries additional benefits for potential clubs. If member libraries launch more than one 3rd-12th grade Club in the IHLS service area in the '18-19 school year, each of those Clubs would be eligible to receive the following benefits:

  • A single Club Success Manager to support Facilitators at each of your Clubs
  • Access to up to $5,000 in grants through the Community Partnership Fund
  • Priority consideration for eligible students who apply to our Summer Immersion Program, where available
  • Priority access to regional events and field trips organized by Girls Who Code, where available
  • Regular updates on affiliated Clubs

If you are interested, please contact Jackson Thomas at or schedule a phone meeting here to discuss the opportunity further.