Empowering Communities of Color through Code
Empoder was founded in 2014 with the strongheld belief that to truly and meaningfully increase the pipeline of diversity in tech, and to shrink the wage gap and most efficiently create a more equitable world, we must provide more accessible opportunities for youth from underserved communities to discover and cultivate their talent in computer-science from a young age.
From 2014-2016 we piloted before-school, after-school, evening, weekend and summer immersion programs for underserved youth in Mexico and Silicon Valley.
Five years later, 70% of girls who participated in our middle school girls summer immersion program (all underserved, Latina girls who qualified for free/reduced lunch) have gone on to take Computer-Science in high-school. Moreover, 60% of our summer immersion program alumna who are now in college are majoring in Computer-Science. **This is especially significant, considering 1% of all Latina girls take computer-science in high-school and 1% of all computer-science majors in college are Latina.
In 2021, Empoder is committed to growing and scaling our efforts to empower more underserved girls to pursue careers in Computer-Science, by piloting a virtual version of our flagship Summer Immersion Program.