DETROIT, Michigan — Black Girls Code has landed a partnership with General Motors, which includes a $255,000 donation.
“We are excited to announce a partnership with GM to help BGC expand our reach to girls from underrepresented communities in the Detroit Metro area! Black Girls CODE amongst four other non-profit organizations recently announced partnering with the team at GM to expand STEM opportunities for next generation students.
Although the BGC team has held past workshops in the Detroit region, the partnership with General Motors enables us to develop a sustainable program with programs year round to reach girls across the region.”
As for GM, the company said that it wanted to team up with Black Girls Code in part because of its work moving toward self-driving and electric cars. The company believes that much will be required of the rising generation when it comes to tech work, and they want to have a hand in that preparation.
“We’re on the forefront of electric and self-driving cars and connectivity that allows our vehicles to communicate with each other – and, with all that innovation, today’s cars have millions of lines of code,” GM CEO Mary Barra said in a statement. “It’s one of the reasons that it’s our mission to help build the next generation of STEM leaders, with an emphasis on expanding opportunities to women and other underrepresented groups.”