Women Learning
to Code & take Leadership

Women Learning to Code & Take Leadership

The fastest and most influential industry in the world has a gender imbalance issue. In order to rectify this imbalance, we are empowering women to learn tech-skills and launch careers in the tech industry.

The Situation

  • Women make up only 20% of individuals employed in the tech industry

  • Only 30% of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) graduates are women.

  • Women are less likely to hold an executive position in the technology industry.

    How IDRF is helping

    This year we will train a select cohort of young women ages 18-29 from groups under-represented in Tech in Introduction to Web Development, a course that teaches participants Ruby, HTTP, HTML & CSS, as they start their journey in code.

    IDRF will also award five full-paid scholarships to those that demonstrate the aptitude and technical skills in code to a 12-week Web Development Bootcamp that prepares them for careers as Full-Stack Developers.

    In addition, participants will also have the option to enroll in Salesforce’s ADM 201 Certification program, which provides them with the knowledge and skills to become Certified Salesforce Administrators. This program is made possible thanks to IDRF’s partnership with The Rainbow Cloud Initiative.

    To remove common barriers in Tech, all courses in our program are free with no costs to the participants. All our students are beginners! With no previous knowledge of web development required, participants learn together at a pace that makes coding fun and accessible. We also emphasize leadership development and teach young women to see themselves as change-makers in the Digital space.

        The Impact

        Enjoy this video of Libin Mohamed, a past graduate, who not only learned to code but gained a strong sense of confidence and feeling of empowerment.