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  • Teaching new programmers, one woman at a time.

  • How It Works

    1

    Select

    Using our English program participants and social media, we recruit women from 18-35 who have advanced English and have had little to no coding experience but want to learn. Selection is based on access to resources and purpose for learning coding.

    2

    Learn

    The women meet twice per week online for 3 months, receiving live instruction from our co-instructors, one Syrian and one American. The women learn basic CSS, JavaScript, and HTML. Each woman is also matched with a personal mentor, who meets with her separately once per week to help with homework or answer lesson questions.

    3

    Create

    At the end of the course, each woman has three weeks to create her own webpage as a starter project to show potential employers. These projects showcase the women's learning growth, creativity and potential.

    4

    Expand

    We're working to link each woman to additional training opportunities where a beginner's knowledge is required or remote employment opportunities.

  • Why Focus on Women?

    Because women are often expected be the primary caretakers, they often have less access to employment and skills training.

    Nearly 1 in 4 Syrian refugee women are heads of households, meaning they both need to raise children and provide means to support their families. Accessing employment is difficult, and job skills training can be expensive or challenging to reach, particularly for those with young children. This leaves many women with few options. Over 80% of Syrian refugees live outside of camps, compounding the difficulties of reaching women in their own homes to provide skills training.

     

    In our women in coding program, women can learn to code right in their own homes. Our curriculum focuses on the core languages of web development: Javascript, HTML and CSS. Once mastered, these languages not only improve their likelihood of employability, but allow them to work remotely.

     

    As the global economy continues to move towards digitization - more than 50% of jobs require some computer training - we want to help empower marginalized women's access to the market.

    "This coding course will help me a lot in the future to freelance and get a bigger job than I have."

    --Raghad, Turkey

    Launching our Fall "Women in Tech" Course

    We couple group class time with individual mentoring.

    After running our pilot in the spring the Women in Tech program, we've launched the full course in September 2017. We have a class of ten girls this term, located inside of Syria, in Turkey and Jordan. The girls meet twice per week as a group to receive instruction from Sarah Geselowitz, the program founder, and her co-manager Marwa Darweesh, a graduate from the pilot program. The goal is to help teach women vital coding skills that can provide lucrative and sustaining remote work.

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