Google, MotherCoders, women.nyc Launch Tech Training for Local Moms at Brooklyn Public Library
Mothers from the first cohort of the program participating in class at the Brooklyn Library
"The opportunity gap for women returning to the workforce is real, and introducing MotherCoders to New York's tech ecosystem is a game-changing leap forward," said Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen. "Partnerships like this - which are are focused squarely on women’s needs - are what make New York City the best place in the world for women to succeed."
“Google has been proud to support the amazing work of MotherCoders since 2014 and we’re thrilled to now welcome the program to NYC.” said Carley Graham Garcia, Head of External Affairs for Google New York City, “As a mom in tech, I know firsthand how access to the proper tools and resources can completely change the trajectory of a person’s career. MotherCoders is giving this group of twenty-four women the access and opportunity to take that next step in their careers and change the trajectory of not only their lives but the lives of their families as well. We can’t wait to see the impact of this program!”
“MotherCoders students are women with kids — women with college degrees and work experience, professional women who represent a diverse population spanning across races and ethnicities, socio-economic and educational backgrounds, sexual orientations, and physical abilities.” said Tina Lee, Founder and CEO of MotherCoders. “By combining their existing expertise with technical skills, these women bring tremendous value to forward looking organizations. And with 86% of American women becoming mothers, including millions of millennial women, moms are a powerful yet untapped source of human capital, a group that also happens to control most consumer and business purchasing decisions. When our moms succeed, we all benefit, and especially their kids who now find themselves with a tech superhero right inside their home.”
“Brooklyn Public Library has a long tradition of helping Brooklynites learn about the latest technology, offering over 12,000 classes and workshops last year in everything from coding to data science,” said Linda E. Johnson, President and CEO of Brooklyn Public Library. “Alongside women.NYC, MotherCoders, and Google, BPL will ensure hardworking Brooklyn mothers have access to the best in education and opportunity.”
(from left) President and CEO of Brooklyn Public Library Linda Johnson, Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen, Head of External Affairs for Google NYC Carley Garcia, and MotherCoders Founder Tina Lee
Last November, Google and MotherCoders announced a partnership with women.nyc, a City initiative that seeks to economically empower women, to bring the program to New York City. Classes come with generous on-site support for the moms and their children, while other program services include help for career mapping, field trips, demo days, company visits and lessons in marketplace trends.
New York City's first cohort received overwhelming interest, with 265 moms applying, over 100 applicants interviewed and 24 participants ultimately selected. Google has supported MotherCoders from its start, and put forth $125,000 towards the launch of this inaugural NYC cohort.
Founded in San Francisco in 2014, MotherCoders has proven particularly useful for women trying to re-enter the job market, transition into a career in tech or create their own companies. Many women have work experience and hold college degrees, especially millennial women, and merely need to update their technical skills to compete in today’s market. These women are capable of bringing new and much-needed perspectives into various areas of tech: FinTech, HealthTech, EdTech and more. 62% of MotherCoders graduates now work in tech, 19% have gotten promotions and 4% have launched their own entrepreneurial ventures – collectively raising their average salary by 68%, holding technical positions in web and mobile 5 development, user experience research and design, data analysis and more. For more information and to learn how to code like a mother, please visit mothercoders.org/nyc.
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