Breaking the Code


Our new afterschool coding program, Breaking the Code, launched in fall 2016 at six sites across New York City. Through an activity many of them are already interested in – creating, customizing, and sharing videos - the program exposes middle-school girls to creative applications for computer science and coding.

Although half of the world’s population is female, only 26% of all computer jobs are held by women* and, in fact, about half of all girls feel that STEM isn’t a typical career path for girls**.

Breaking the Code tackles these challenges and more, using proven methods for encouraging girls to take interest: recruiting girls with their friends, inspiring with examples, fighting stereotypes, and showing how computer science can help in every field***.

By combining coding, filmmaking, and leadership development, we are encouraging and providing opportunities for girls to “picture themselves there” in STEM fields and studies. We are building girls of courage, confidence, and character, equipped to be innovative leaders of the future by completing STEM projects relevant to who they are today.

For more information or details on how to bring Breaking the Code to your afterschool program, contact Tomika Rodriguez at 212.645.4000 x238.

Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women’s Success in Engineering and Computing.  American Association of University Women. (2015).
** Generation STEM: What Girls Say about Science, Technology, Engineering, and MathGirl Scout Research Institute. (2012). 
*** 4 Ways to Recruit Girls to Try Computer Science. (2016).