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Twenty to Thirty Mentors Needed for the Black Girls CODE Hackathon Event

by Tiffany Linzan

On Saturday, June 7th and Sunday, June 8th, Black Girls CODE is teaming up with Verizon and Break the Cycle to deliver a two-day, girls-only hackathon at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering in Brooklyn. This event was made possible by Brooklyn native Alexis Ohanian and 126 supporters that seeded the hackathon through a crowd-funding campaign to bring the Black Girls CODE event to Brooklyn! The campaign was appropriately called “No Sleep Till Brooklyn for Black Girls CODE NY!” During the event, there will be some serious brainstorming taking place, so Black Girls CODE is on the hunt for a team of troopers.


The hackathon will be one of three scheduled hackathons centered on encouraging and empowering young girls—ages 12-17 on how to creatively approach situations based on team effort. The event’s theme is “Love is Respect,” providing additional mentorship to young girls on how to build and maintain healthy relationships. Social skills aren’t the only things these young women will be building. Attendees will receive the opportunity to design, build and showcase apps with their fellow team members and mentors. What a great way for young women to spend their weekend and meet new friends!

In order to provide New York City’s talented, young, African-American women with the opportunity to build new relationships and develop tech skills, Black Girls CODE is seeking volunteers and mentors for their two-day event. Black Girls CODE does request mentors and volunteers to possess a genuine interest and passion for all things science and tech. Educators and anyone actively involved in STEM programs are encouraged to join.

Interested but don’t think you have the experience to participate? Training for mentors will run for two hours—one week in advance. Hurry now—the cut-off date for registration is Monday, May 26th.

So what are you waiting for? Join in and make a difference. You’ll be helping Black Girls CODE and your community to change the lives of young, African-American women one CODE at a time.


Click here for more information on how you can sign up to make a difference. Visit “Love is Respect” for all other NY Chapter event details. Visit the Black Girls CODE website, Facebook and Twitter to learn more about the company’s mission.

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