Girls Inc. of San Diego County selected as Grand Prize Winner in ESET’s Nonprofit Pitch Fest

Escondido, Calif. – October 16, 2017 – Girls Inc. of San Diego County, a nonprofit organization
that inspires girls to be strong, smart and bold, was named the Grand Prize Winner of ESET’s
Nonprofit Pitch Fest and will receive the top cash award of $20,000.
Girls Inc. of San Diego County entered the contest in the Cybersecurity/S.T.E.A.M. Education
category, and asked for the funds to support outreach programs that inspire girls to pursue
professions in science, technology, engineering and math (S.T.E.M.) and see college as
attainable.

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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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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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