In celebration of International Day of the Girl, Dell today announced a partnership with Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology. The partnership will help strengthen and expand after-school programs in computer science education for an estimated 15,000 girls in grades 6-12 across the U.S. through a combination of financial, technical and mentorship support.

In addition to a $400,000 cash donation, Dell will appoint five women technology leaders as program ambassadors to organize and deliver mentorship services. In addition to materials and supplies for the STEM curriculum, this initiative will help fund field trips to expose girls to leading technical organizations and professionals. Programs will be concentrated in communities across the Great Plains and Rockies, the Southeast, the Northeast and San Francisco. Reshma Saujani, CEO and Founder of Girls Who Code added, “We’re thrilled that Dell has extended its partnership with us to support our mission of exposing girls at a young age to computer science. It’s the incredible support by partners like Dell that have enabled Girls to Code to become the largest computer science program for girls in the United States.”

Never before in history has technology been so core to our economy and our society at large. We have an incredible opportunity to truly drive human progress through technology, and we can’t realize the full potential of that without our girls. I’m so excited to partner with Girls Who Code to prepare the next generation of female leaders to grow and thrive in a connected world. When we engage and empower our girls, there is no limit to what we can achieve as a global community.

Karen Quintos

Chief Customer Officer, Dell

The new Dell national partnership with Girls Who Code is an extension of previous local-level support and is part of a long-term investment in youth learning specifically to enhance STEM programs for underrepresented populations in the U.S. Dell previously announced a national partnership with Girl Scouts of the USA in 2015 in part to support Digital Cookie 2.0, an online web platform to foster young girls’ entrepreneurship and STEM skills. Dell also supports GirlStart, providing the hands-on tech access necessary for girls to learn about tech, engineering and mathematics programming.