Girls participating in the program could someday start their own media companies or websites — or get hired by Google
Black Girls Code is moving on up. The non-profit organization that teaches black girls how to write computer code is moving its headquarters into Google’s New York City offices. The organization, founded in 2011 by Kimberly Bryant, will have a 6,000-square-foot-space to use as a classroom for its East Coast programs.
If it all works out as planned, the girls will have chances to interact with Google engineers and eventually qualify for internship and mentorship opportunities. This is a huge development for the futures of these young ladies.
According to Glassdoor, the average total compensation for a Google software engineer is just under $165,000 a year. Of course, it takes hard work and a college education to become an engineer, but just exposing the girls to the possibilities can get them thinking about their futures.
Even if the girls don’t become engineers, teaching them computer code and exposing them to tools at Google could result in some of the girls growing up to start their own websites and maybe even media companies. Or maybe a few of them will make some money writing their own iPhone or Android apps.
Black Girls Code offers various programs, ranging from one-day workshops to 12-week camps. According to Fortune, Black Girls Code has chapters around the country, and in addition to Google has partnered with companies such such as Oracle, AT&T, and Get Data Sheet — Fortune’s technology newsletter.
Google and other tech companies have said they are committed to hiring people of color. The efforts so far have not been very productive, although the companies say they are trying. In 2014, The New York Post reported that only two percent of Google’s employees are black and most are white males.
Google has pledged to spend $150 million on programs to identify and hire more diverse candidates.
According to Fortune, Black Girls Code has worked with more than 6,000 children and wants to train more than one million young girls how to code by 2040.
The Black Girls Code new space at Google in New York is scheduled to be celebrated by an event featuring New York City’s chief technology officer Minerva Tantoco, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Dominique Sharpton of National Action Network, and Google’s vice president for partnership Sales Bonita Stewart.