Google’s New York Offices Will Now be Used as a Classroom for Black Girls Code


This week, non-profit organization Black Girls Code is getting some very prestigious new digs in New York City.

On Wednesday, the organization will be moving into Google’s New York offices, where it will use a 6,000-square-foot space as a classroom and an outpost for its East Coast programs. This is the organization’s first New York office. Ideally, working from inside Google’s office will let Black Girls Code tap into the tech giant for internship and mentorship opportunities.

Founded in 2011 by Kimberly Bryant, Black Girls Code teaches young girls of color how to code through various programs, ranging from one-day workshops to 12-week camps. The organization has chapters around the country, and it has partnered with companies like Google, Oracle, and AT&T.

But one way in which this partnership can be different is that it won’t be a one-way street. While Black Girls Code will get access to Google’s resources, the search giant will also have the opportunity to interact with women of color, as Bryant told Fast Company. Google, like most of its peers in Silicon Valley, doesn’t have a very diverse workforce. When the company released data about its employees’ demographics last summer, little had changed since it first published a similar report in 2014.

Since then, Google has made efforts to promote diversity in the tech industry. Last year, it pledged to spend $150 million on programs both inside and outside its company, and it has been working to broaden its hiring approaches so it can find more diverse candidates.

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SOURCE: Fortune, Kia Kokalitcheva