Coding Training from Girls Inc. of San Diego County Creates Pathways to College for High Schooler

 Coding Training from Girls Inc. of San Diego County Creates Pathways to College for High Schooler

When Guadalupe began going to Girls Inc. of San Diego County, she didn’t know what to expect. But she knew she was ready to try something different. She knew that she wanted to accomplish something: something bold, something new and something that would equip her for the challenges sure to come in the college years in her future.

Prior to the program, Guadalupe wasn’t sure how to handle some of the challenges she faced at school, from managing homework projects to making friends. The program represented a big challenge to overcome - facing her fears. But she knew that gaining confidence in herself and coming out of her shell were two steps it would take for her to achieve her dreams of studying nursing and psychology.

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2017 Graduation Speech - Perla

2017 Graduation Speech - Perla

"Good evening everyone, my name is Perla Duran and I am graduating from Fallbrook High School. I want to thank everyone for the opportunity to speak and being here tonight.
The beginning of my freshman year I was a reckless girl. I learned the importance of education the hard way. My freshman year I was 45 credits behind and making bad choices that led to me
failing classes.

During this time Girls Inc. was first introduced to me and in those three years of participating in
Girls Inc. I learned to be more confident, believe in my capability as a girl and to be curious
about everything. In Girls Inc. I was never afraid to ask questions or to speak my mind. It was a
safe and comfortable space where we could be ourselves."

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Coding Training from Girls Inc. of San Diego County Inspires High Schooler to Study Computer Science in College

Coding Training from Girls Inc. of San Diego County Inspires High Schooler to Study Computer Science in College

Before starting Girls Inc. of San Diego County (GISD), fifteen-year old Gabriella aspired to become a computer engineer, but felt that she couldn’t relate to any other girls her age. As a result, Gabriella felt alone and became shy about voicing her goals.

“The biggest challenge I faced before coming to the Girls Inc. coding program was that none of my friends wanted to join me,” Gabriella said.

With her goal of becoming a computer engineer in mind, Gabriella signed up for Google’s Made with Code program. Girls Inc. of San Diego County was one of the first among the Girls Inc. affiliates to implement this program.

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2017 Graduation Speech - Emiliana

2017 Graduation Speech - Emiliana

"Hello my name is Emiliana and I am 17 years old. I was born with Prader-Willi Syndrome. This means that sometimes I have a hard time pronouncing words and retaining new information, but thank you for being here and hearing my story.

I joined Girls Inc. when I was a Freshman at Orange Glen High School. I really liked going to Girls Inc. because it was fun, I made new friends and I learned to be confident. When I first joined I was really shy, but I kept coming anyways. Little by little I opened up and started forming friendships.
In Girls Inc. I always felt welcomed by Ms. Rosa and the other girls because they encouraged me to participate and always wanted to hear what I had to say.

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Coding Party

Coding Party

On March 4, Girls Inc. of San Diego County partnered with the IT women’s group at Qualcomm to host more than 20 high school girls at Qualcomm’s Thinkabit Lab for our first Coding Party. The two-hour event inspired and ignited a desire to learn computer programming. Girls who attended had a diverse level of experience with coding - some had little or no knowledge, others had successfully completed AP Computer Science courses. During the event, the attendees learned the basics of Python, a widely used programming language and worked on Google’s Made With Code projects.

Each attendee came out of the event knowing how computer programming would benefit their careers as they all agreed to continue developing their skills.

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2017 Graduation Speech - Ana

2017 Graduation Speech - Ana

"Good evening everyone, thank you for being here today . My name is Ana Velasco and I am a Senior at Escondido High School. My journey with Girls Inc. started with GEAR UP, a program offered by Palomar College and it was there that I was introduced to Girls Inc. I met Rosa and she mentioned how their goal is to empower all girls to be strong, smart and bold.

I knew that I wanted to be part of this because I grew up by myself most of the time. My mother has always worked hard to provide for me and my family. Although I do feel lonely at times I know it made me more independent and work harder for the things that I want. Learning skills of how to have more self-confidence and set higher goals for myself was something that I was determined to accomplish." 

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