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Girls Who Code to launch free STEM immersion camp for girls in Philly

It's the first Philly program from Reshma Saujani's nonprofit, which looks to close the gender gap in tech.

Girls Who Code students.

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New York-based Girls Who Code, a national nonprofit focused on STEM equity, will host a free “Summer Immersion Program” for 10th and 11th grade girls in Philly, exposing them to computer science skills and careers in tech.

The seven-week program — one of two dozen happening around the country, including Wilmington, over the summer — will take place at consulting firm PwC’s offices in Center City.

“This summer we are offering our inaugural program in Philadelphia,” said Eve Balick, regional partnership coordinator at the nonprofit, in an email. ” This 7-week program offers mentorship, sisterhood, and the opportunity to work together on a social impact project using the skills the girls learn during the program.”

Apply by March 15

No specific date for the program has been announced, but selected students will be notified by mid-April.

While the program is free to attend, eligible girls who apply by March 15 can have access to up to $1,400 in assistance stipends.

In February, Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani was in Philly promoting her book “Brave, Not Perfect,” which proposes a shift in gender expectations to normalize the possibility of failure among girls.

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