Founded by the same women who introduced Ladies Learning Code in 2011, Girls Learning Code is less about “code” and more about changing the world – through teamwork, creativity, and, of course, technology.

At our camps and workshops, Toronto’s most creative 6-16 year old girls join us to participate in the city’s only all-girls technology camp and workshops. This program experience is designed to help girls see technology in a whole new light – as a medium for self-expression, and as a means for changing the world.

51 events since
March 2012

1200+ total
participants

2 cities
(and growing!)

26 Upcoming
events

Upcoming
Events

Toronto

October
1
toDecember
17

Inventors After-School Program for 8-13 year old kids

Every Wednesday for 12 weeks, Toronto’s most creative kids are invited to join Kids Learning Code for an after-school program full of inventing!

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Toronto

November
1

Circuits and Code for 9-12 year old kids

Is the kid in your life interested in making new connections? This workshop will introduce key concepts of electricity and circuits!

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Toronto

November
8

Girls Learning Code Day: Intro to HTML & CSS in Toronto

Bring a special girl in your life to this workshop on National Girls Learning Code Day in partnership with MasterCard and create a website together!

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After-School Programs

Is the girl or boy in your life a creative thinker?

Starting October 1st 2014, Girls Learning Code and Kids Learning Code are running two after-school programs to inspire, encourage and motivate young minds to leverage technology as a creative outlet.

Pixels: Every Wednesday, for 26 weeks, 20 girls will learn all about web design and the tech industry from leading female tech professionals and mentors. By the end of the program each girl will know how to hand code a website from start to finish, how to research and create user experience, how to design user interfaces, and how to imagine their own digital products and start-ups. Find out more here.

Inventors: Every Wednesday for 12 weeks, Toronto’s most creative and imaginative kids are invited to join Kids Learning Code for an after-school program full of inventing. Individually or in small groups, girls and boys will leverage technology to brainstorm, research, prototype and build a creation that will help change the world. Find out more here.

Workshop Style

Hands-on,
project-based learning
Learn from industry-leading professionals
A small ratio
of girls to mentors
A social and collaborative learning environment

The Team

Laura Plant
@lauralynplant
Co-Executive Director

Kathryn Barrett
@kat_barrett
Youth Program Lead

Amanda McCusker
@amandamccusker
Youth Program Lead

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Meet some of our

Instructors
& Mentors

Erin Morris
@erinmorris
Art Director
FreshBooks

“Ladies Learning Code has created a fantastic community focused on continuous, and fun learning. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?”

Rebecca Putinski
@h4xnoodle
Agile Engineer
Xtreme Labs

“Helping others learn this valuable skill and ensuring that the environment is a great place to learn for women is a great idea. Both roles of learner and instructor/mentor are empowering and give us the opportunity to learn more about the community. Coding should be a skill everyone has accessibility to and LLC does an amazing job.”

Dessy Daskalov
@dess_e
CTO and Co-Founder
Greengage Mobile

“Being a “builder” has had a tremendous influence on my life. Builders can solve the problems they’re most passionate about, and they’re given the freedom to create, just for the fun of creating. I love what I do every day, and I want to make sure others have the same opportunity. Coding shouldn’t be a scary thing, and anyone that has a desire to get involved should be able to, without any fear. I want to see people new to the topic get really excited about it.”

Tessa Thornton
@tessthornton
Youth Program Content Advisor & Developer
Nascent

“When beginning her humanities degree at the University of Toronto, she never would have imagined that she’d be making a living writing code, but now she works as a freelance designer and developer after spending a year working the U of T Student Services IT department. Tessa tries to share her knowledge as much as she can, and contributes to tutorial blogs when she has the time.”

Sponsors

At Girls Learning Code, we’re really grateful to the companies and organizations who appreciate what we’re doing and go out of their way to support us. They help to make what we do possible. Thank you to our wonderful title sponsor FOSSter, our awesome Silver-level sponsor, Usability Matters, and our community partners!

9 Sponsors &
Community Partners
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Title Sponsor

FOSSter logo

FOSSter is a mentored Linux training program, founded by the same company that maintains the Linux Professional Institute's exams and certifications.
fosster.com

Youth Initiatives Partner

Microsoft logo

Girls Learning Code is pleased to partner with Microsoft Canada's YouthSpark initiative to expand our programs to cities across Canada in 2014. With Microsoft's support, we look forward to increasing access to digital literacy education for youth across Canada!
www.microsoft.com/en-ca/citizenship/about/

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Community Partners