In Atlanta, Turner is rolling out the red carpet for 20 ambitious high school students ready to lead the next generation of innovation and technology. As a proud sponsor and partner, Turner has teamed up with Girls Who Code (GWC) for their flagship Summer Immersion Program that will impact 1600 rising 11th and 12th graders this year. GWC is a national U.S. non-profit organization with a mission to close the gender gap in the technology industry and equip young women with the tools and knowledge they need to thrive as innovators and leaders.
This year Turner welcomes the young ladies to participate in a 7-week computer science program at the Techwood Campus. Participants will complete the Girls Who Code curriculum outfitted with lessons on computer science, robotics, storytelling and website development. Throughout the program, they will hear from expert guest speakers and participate in Cartoon Network coding workshops, behind-the-scenes CNN tours, visits to Georgia Tech’s tech business incubator and more. There will also be several opportunities to connect with Turner employees and work with the Ladies in Tech at Turner (LiTT). At the program’s conclusion, they will also have built their own product and will present them on graduation day.
This is the fifth year of the Summer Immersion Program, and alumni of GWC are already pursuing computer science degrees at top universities like Georgia Tech, Harvard and MIT and completing paid internships with leading and emerging companies. Some have even launched their own programs to teach girls around the world how to code.
This effort is part of Turner’s wider reaching efforts related to women in technology, including partnerships with the Anita Borg Institute and The Information. Stay tuned for more information on these programs, as well as the outcome of this effort with Girls Who Code.