Target: CEO of Google Larry Page
Goal: Praise Google for donating to Black Girls Initiative
Google has announced a donation of nearly $200,000 to the Black Girls initiative, a program that plans to teach black and Latina teenage girls how to build mobile apps. The one-day session will accommodate 75 girls ranging from ages twelve to seventeen, who will be taught how to use a simple development kit for beginner coders to create apps by utilizing programming “blocks” similar to puzzle pieces. When each block, which represents a variety of commands and functions, is combined with another, they animate a program.
The initiative seeks to diversify the tech industry dominated by white males and will be held at Google’s Chelsea headquarters. Kimberly Bryant, founder of the Black Girls Initiative with seven chapters across the U.S. and one in South Africa, stated, “Our goal is to change the face of technology by showing the world that girls of color can code and do so much more.”
William Floyd, head of external affairs for Google in New York, said the company has a great interest in fostering a more diverse group of potential employees. “For New York to grow as a tech center, we need to deepen and diversify the talent pool and build a pipeline for diverse groups to become involved in the industry,” Floyd had stated. A large percentage of female middle school students express an interest in math and science, but by the time the same students reach college, only 3% maintain that interest to pursue those fields. The Black Girls initiative aligns with New York City’s investment in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) for public schools. Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina and Mayor de Blasio have repeatedly expressed the importance of preparing students for STEM-related fields such as computer programming.
Please sign this petition to applaud Google for donating to the Black Girls initiative, which will allow the organization to help New York City’s next generation of female computer programmers and diversify the booming tech industry.
Dear Larry Page,
Thank you for contributing to the Black Girls Initiative and for providing a means of help for black and Latina teenage girls to learn the basics of computer programming. This is just a stepping stone into their future careers with Google and the tech industry in general. I hope that the one-day session will empower the girls and fuel their passions for coding. Again, thank you for your generous donation and determination to diversify the tech industry.
[Your Name Here]
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