Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Black Girls Code Is Moving Into Google's New York Offices

by Ruth Reader 
Originally published: June 28, 2016
Publisher: FastCompany.com 

Google is bringing its investment in diversity closer to home.

In a bid to develop a pool of more diverse job candidates, Google is cutting out the pipeline and going right to the source.

Tomorrow, Black Girls Code will celebrate the opening of a new office inside Google’s New York City building. The organization will use the 3,000-square-foot space as both a classroom and a base for coordinating its East Coast programs. The nonprofit teaches girls of color to code through a variety of programs ranging from one-day seminars to longer six- or 12-week programs. The organization hopes that being inside Google’s "cocoon" will give its girls deeper access to mentorship and internship opportunities at the search giant, says Black Girls Code founder Kimberly Bryant.