Girls Who Code

Start a Girls Who Code Club in your community and get girls excited about coding and computer science

5 Step Guide to

Girls Who Code


Girls Who Code "Welcome to Girls Who Code on ChangeX! I'm excited to help you start a GWC Club in your local community to help get more girls excited about computer science and close the gender gap in Tech. I'll be here to support you along the way! " - Amy Layman, Girls Who Code

5 Steps

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Once you start the GWC application process, your application will be processed within one week. You'll need to commit approximately 2 hours a week to the ongoing management and success of your GWC Club.

Get Started

Identify a Location

Learn more, or begin the Clubs Application here! Need more info? Check out one of our weekly webinars, which will walk you through everything you need to start a Club.

Location: Identify an appropriate public, non-profit location to serve as your Club's host site.

Girls Who Code Clubs must be hosted at public, non-profit, or similarly tax-exempt locations with Internet access and a sufficient number of computers for Club participants to work with.

Any of the following spaces are acceptable:

  1. A school Computer Lab
  2. Universities
  3. Libraries
  4. Community centers
  5. Faith-based organizations
  6. Other non-profits
  7. Please note: To host a Club, a person who is officially affiliated with the host site must serve as the Club's "Decision Maker" (i.e. the point of contact between Girls Who Code and the non-profit location).

    The following types of locations are not acceptable sites to host a Girls Who Code club:

    1. Private Homes
    2. Corporate Office Location
    3. Class-A Commercial Buildings
    4. Any For-Profit Space

Determine Your Role

Any adult over the age of 18 can apply to start a Girls Who Code Club, as long as they:

  1. Are able to secure a regular meeting space at a public, non-profit or similarly tax-exempt host site.
  2. Have an affiliation with the host site.
  3. Would have the ability to pass a background check if they are not employed by the host site
  4. Are able to provide a desktop or laptop computer and reliable Internet access to all members of the Club. (Phones are not sufficient.)
  5. Are able to find or serve as a Facilitator.
  6. Your Role: Determine whether you are the Club Facilitator, Decision Maker, or both:

    Facilitators lead Club students through the curriculum.

    Decision Makers are affiliated with the Club host site, and serve as the point of contact between Girls Who Code and the non-profit location.

    If you are not the Decision Maker, you'll need to identify one before applying to start a Club.

    Depending on whether you will take on the role of Facilitator or not, there are different steps to complete e.g. a background check etc. You'll find all of the information in the PDF overview PDF overview

Identify your Resources

Resources: Identify how you will provide computers and reliable Internet access to all members of the Club. (These could be school or library computers, for example.)

When you complete the 30 Day Challenge on ChangeX, you'll get access to funding of $500 - this can be used to cover costs associated with your Club e.g. buying snacks or you could use it to buy additional tech e.g. robotics kits etc.

Map Out your Timeline

Please note these are suggested times. Clubs can start and end at any time throughout the year.

Timeline: Decide when you plan to run your Club:

Fall Semester (approximately September - December)

Spring Semester (January - May)

The entire Academic Year (September - May)

Complete the GWC Application

Once you've figured out these details, you're ready to apply by filling out a Clubs Application!

Find the Application Form right here

The application should only take about 15 minutes to complete. After you submit the application, you'll receive instructions about our background check requirements via email.

Once you've completed the application and the background check requirements, you'll hear back about your Club status within a week.

Once approved, you'll receive a unique Club Code, which will give you access to our learning platform, HQ, and all of our training resources.

If you recruit additional volunteers to serve as Facilitators, you'll share that Code with them so they can use it to join your Club. Once the Club launches, Facilitators will share the Code with members so they can sign up for HQ as well.