The New Jersey Technology and Engineering Educators Association (NJTEEA) presented Girls Who Code with its Impact Award on May 31 at the NJTEEA’s annual awards ceremony at Charlie Brown’s restaurant in Chatham. The award was presented to Eve Balick, Girls Who Code’s New Jersey Regional Partnership Coordinator, by Jason Erdreich, NJTEEA’s president. The award itself was designed and crafted by Shane Evans, NJTEEA’s past president.
The Impact Award honors exceptional supporters of technology education in New Jersey for their notable impact through virtuous support of students and educators in technology education. Girls Who Code was honored for its work to close the gender gap in technology through its free after-school Clubs and Summer Immersion Programs. In the 2018-19 school year Girls Who Code created over 300 free Clubs in New Jersey for students in grades 3-12 and has developed a cohesive community of girls in technology in New Jersey. Girls Who Code has also expanded its Summer Immersion Program for 10th and 11th grade girls to encompass five sites at top technology companies around the state. Girls Who Code plans to increase and deepen its club’s presence in New Jersey dramatically in the 2019-20 school year.
“Girls Who Code is committed to bringing more girls and women into the computer science field in New Jersey. We are excited to be recognized by NJTEEA and to collaborate with this terrific organization going forward,” said Eve Balick of Girls Who Code.
Girls Who Code is a nonprofit with more than 6,500 Clubs nationally that has recently expanded internationally. Its mission is to close the gender gap in technology. One of its key programs is free after-school Clubs. To form a free Club partnership with Girls Who Code in New Jersey, contact Eve Balick at firstname.lastname@example.org. To start a free Club, apply at www.girlswhocode.com. For information about NJTEEA, visit www.njteea.org or contact its president, Jason Erdreich at email@example.com.