"Choosing to be a part of Empoder's #TeachCS was one of the best decisions of my life! In 3 weeks these middle school girls have grasped CS concepts that took me a full year to learn. It shows that anybody can succeed if only they are given the opportunity!"

-Brandon Hsao (Empoder #TeachCS Alumna))

Empoder #TeachCS

A Virtual Summer Immersion Program
July 6th - August 6th, 2021 (Mon-Fri, 9 am - 3 pm)

Open to High-school and College students who have taken A.P. Computer-Science or equivalent 

Application is now open! Applications will be reviewed in the order they until all spots are filled. Therefore, you are encouraged to Apply Early! 
Final application deadline is May 31, 2021

As part of Empoder's #TeachCS program:

  • Make your summer meaningful and impactful as a volunteer teaching assistant for Empoder Latinas Code

  • Teach underserved middle school girls to code

  • Contribute to closing the disparity gap in tech

  • Help close the wealth gap in Silicon Valley

During the 5-week #TeachCS program, you will learn Empoder's HTML/CSS/Java-script web development curriculum and help deliver it to underserved middle school girls in your community


What our #TeachCS Alum have to say...


“Even though I grew up in Silicon Valley, it never crossed my mind that computer-science was something for me. I ride the same bus as the people who work in tech, but when the bus stops, they go one way and I go the other way. Tech was seemed like a completely different world that didn’t relate to me at all. But when Marissa spoke about computer-science in our Avid class something made me want to give it a try. I figured it couldn’t hurt. 

Things changed when I started Empoder. The way we learned made sense to me and things started to click. I slowly started to love it and pretty soon I couldn’t put down my computer as I was so caught up and fascinated by the website I was building. 

If it wasn’t for Empoder I never would have gone into Computer-Science. Now it’s my passion. I just finished the Google Software Product Sprint program and this summer I’m off to NYC as a technology analyst intern for Goldman Sachs. Empoder has truly changed the trajectory of my life and future.”

~Mary Mendoza (Empoder Latinas Code Alumna)

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“As a first generation DACA recipient I honestly never thought about computer science before Empoder. Growing up in Silicon Valley I never saw representation of people that looked like me working in tech. Having no experience in programming or computer science Empoder gave me the tools I needed and confidence to enroll in AP CS in high school and actually pursue a degree at UCSC as a Computer Science major."

~Paula Garcia (Empoder Latinas Code Summer Immersion Program Alumna)


"Learning to code at Empoder amongst such a supportive and inspiring community of  Latina girls sparked my passion for computer-science and motivated me to pursue this in high-school. As one of the only girls in my high-school computer science classes (and the only Latina), Empoder gave me the confidence to know that not only do I belong, but I also have the ability to be a leader in this field. It is the reason why I am off to college to be a computer engineer!"

~Clara A. (Empoder Latinas Code Summer Immersion Program Alumna)


“Even though I grew up in Silicon Valley, it never crossed my mind that computer science was something for me. No one I knew did it and it seemed like a foreign world. But when I started Empoder I realized I was good at code. It felt so cool to create things with just a few lines of code. It made me feel so capable, a feeling I did not have often before. I then went on to become President of my middle school Robotics team as one of the only girls!”

~Adriana Guerrero (Empoder Latinas Code Summer Immersion Program Alumna)


"Empoder not only introduced my daughters to Computer Science but also made them feel confident and competent in a field dominated by mostly men. My daughters came home so excited every day by what they had learned and wouldn't stop talking about what they were learning in class. They realized they are just as gifted and talented in Science and Math as the boys. The impact of this program was so big my oldest daughter is now studying to be an Electrical Engineer in college!”

~Patricia Akhlaghi-Caballero (Mother of 2 Empoder Girls Code Summer Immersion Program Alumna)