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As BlackGirlsCode puts it, they are an organization "devoted to showing the world that black girls can code, and do so much more. By reaching out to the community through workshops and after school programs, BlackGirlsCode introduces computer coding lessons to young girls from underrepresented communities in programming languages such as Scratch or Ruby on Rails."

They've held workshops in places like Atlanta and Memphis, and I think they are past due for a visit (hopefully the first among regular) to New Orleans. I was lucky enough to attend a similar program called RailsGirls over the weekend, and I've become really interested in the potential of demographically-focused training programs like this.

Help me show BlackGirlsCode that we want them in New Orleans! Support and share this idea, and let's see if we can get them down ASAP.

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Alan Joseph Williams

We should get in touch with someone that handles events at one of the local universities. We should ask them about sponsoring the BlackGirlsCode New Orleans chapter with donated use of their computer lab.

These folks seem like they're in charge of the computer lab. We should probably draft a letter or a PDF proposal that explains BGC to send them.

Melva D. Williams
Interim Vice President
Office of Technology Administration
Xavier University of Louisiana
1 Drexel Drive Box 109
New Orleans, LA 70125
(504) 520-7645

Jenestaer Horne
University Open Computer Laboratories
Lab 3M Resource & Mentoring Center
(504) 520-5064

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Alan Joseph Williams

So! I talked to the executive director, Kimberly Bryant, and I was able to really dig into what it will take to start a BlackGirlsCode chapter with the founder of the Memphis organization.

Wisely, they Memphis chapter didn't just raise money for one workshop--they raised enough for one each quarter for a year. They we're able to raise $8,000 to pay for event space, food, getting the word out, and everything else that needs to be provided.

They did get a lot of the stuff donated in kind--like event space. Rhodes University was generous enough to let them use their computer lab for the first workshop--so locating a computer for every girl was not a problem.

We should consider approaching UNO or Xavier or Dillard or Tulane or Delgado.

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A university computer lab could be a good venue, given the need for machines for the students.

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tippy tippens

Wonder if Propeller & Launchpad could collaborate on hosting?

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What would it take to make this happen in New Orleans? Black Girls Code would need a stipend to hold a workshop. We'd also need instructors, a venue, computers, and potentially a local food/beverage sponsor to help out.

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