Support the CoderDojo Girls Initiative
In March 2017 we launched the CoderDojo Girls Initiative. It aims to increase the number of girls attending a CoderDojo from 29% to at least 40% over the next three years. To do this, we need more role models. A recent study found that girls prefer encouragement from women working in STEM (56%) over encouragement from their parents (47%) or even their friends (44%).
Dojos benefit from having volunteer mentors with different skills and backgrounds who provide support and encouragement to CoderDojo youth. By volunteering a couple of hours of your time each month, you can have a real impact by increasing the number of girls learning to create apps, websites, games, and hardware projects through CoderDojo.
The Initiative’s four key areas
The Initiative focuses on four key areas: developing and improving learning resources (including beginner App Inventor, wearables and taster Mini-Sushi cards), conducting and learning from research (such as our youth survey), highlighting female role models (including Mentor Gemma Cagney and Ninja, Siofra Kelleher) and developing a Guide of best practices. See what we’ve done so far and read our guide for Dojos below!
Get your ‘Empowering the Future’ Guide
Anyone can download and print our ‘Empowering the Future’ guide for free! This is our most comprehensive guide yet of practical approaches Dojos have tested to engage and sustain girls.
‘Fortaleciendo el futuro’ guía en Español!
‘Diamo potere al futuro’ guida in Italiano!
Some of the areas that are covered in the guide include:
- approaches to improve the Dojo environment and layout
- assessing the language and images used to describe your Dojo
- content considerations and suggested resources
- importance of and ways to increase access to female role models in your Dojo.
Empowering the future video series
We have also released a series of videos which cover key areas discussed in the guide:
Spread the word!
We’re pledging to increase the proportion of girls in our Dojo as part of the #CoderDojoGirls Initiative https://coderdojo.com/girlsinitiative/ #parity
We would like to say a massive thank you to all Community members who contributed by sharing their insights with us to make this “Empowering the Future” Guide as comprehensive and beneficial as possible for other Dojos. The CoderDojo Foundation would also like to thank Microsoft, our funding partner on this project, for their commitment to bring to life STEM skills for European youth. Our sustained partnership aims to enable more youth to become creators of technology with a focus on empowering more young girls to code, see more here and here.
Find out more about the other resources created as part of the CoderDojo Girls Initiative here. You can also share insights or ask questions in relation to the Initiative or guide on our Community Forums.