TLC – three letters we all know to refer to tender loving care. ULYP’s new program, TLC (Together Let’s Code), offers this and more. Through TLC we work with marginalized girls providing them with coding and IT skills. But what is coding? Why girls? Why now?
“Coding is a new literacy, and it gives people the potential to create, innovate and quite literally change the world.” (Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube and early Google employee.) In simple terms, coding is what makes it possible to create computer software, apps and websites, a few of the elements of most of our daily lives. Coding is quickly picking up speed and entering the vocabulary of children, teachers, businesses and most recently, funders. To code or not to code, is not a question to ask. The future is coding and the future starts now. Around the world, females are a minority in the tech industry as evidenced in the low percentages of female employees at Yahoo and Google (38% and 30% respectively), the largest Tech companies in our world today. This low percentage is also evidenced in the shrinking numbers of girls who see computer science as part of their future. ULYP seeks to change this and prepare the girls of today to lead the digital world of tomorrow.
TLC was launched this spring with thirty 8-14 years old girls gaining the tools and encouragement to unlock their talents and explore future possibilities in the world of IT. Over one year, a total of 105 underprivileged girls will receive training in basic computer skills, coding and conflict resolution along with a lot of inspiration, motivation and empowerment. By the end of the program, each girl will learn how to build her own program and will create a simple game with characters and objects of her choice. In addition, the girls will have better knowledge of human rights, conflict resolution, and mutual respect and understanding, and will themselves see how this affects their daily lives. TLC introduces disadvantaged girls to coding and reinforces basic computer skills, inspiring them to reach for new possibilities so they can become the digital designers of tomorrow!