The YWCA San Francisco & Marin Brings the TechGYRLS® After School Program to San Francisco's Bayview Hunter's Point District

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The YWCA San Francisco & Marin today announced the TechGYRLS® after school program at the Bret Harte Elementary School located in the Bayview Hunter's Point neighborhood of San Francisco. TechGYRLS® is designed to foster an interest in computing, computer programming, robotics and technology among girls. The TechGYRLS® program will meet weekly for 10-weeks offering classroom and computer lab activities, field trips, mentoring by women professionals in the technology field, and career development. The program includes community service and leadership projects designed to develop girls' confidence and self esteem. The first session begins on Thursday, March 22nd.

The YWCA San Francisco & Marin today announced the TechGYRLS® after school program at the Bret Harte Elementary School, located in the Bayview Hunter's Point neighborhood of San Francisco. TechGYRLS® is designed to foster an interest in computing, computer programming, robotics and technology among girls. The TechGYRLS® program will meet weekly for 10-weeks offering classroom and computer lab activities, field trips, mentoring by women professionals in the technology field, and career development. The program includes community service and leadership projects designed to develop girls' confidence and self esteem.

"We would like to thank the George H. Sandy Foundation and the Irwin Home Equity Foundation for funding this important program," said Sylvia Cagle, Interim Executive Director at the YWCA San Francisco & Marin. "It's absolutely critical for girls, particularly those from underprivileged groups, to learn about technology and to become computer literate as technology has become an integral part of everyday life. We want to ensure our young women have every opportunity to succeed in life."

The first TechGYRLS® afterschool program will begin at the Bret Harte Elementary School on Thursday, March 22th and with space for 24 participants. The TechGYRLS® program will be offered throughout the year in order to reach as many girls as possible.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that almost 75% of future jobs will require the use of computers. Today however, girls and young women make up less than 33% of those enrolled in computer courses and related activities. A recent report by the National Science Foundation found that only 22% of working scientists and engineers were women despite women comprising 51% of the U.S. population and 46% of the U.S. workforce.

The TechGYRLS® afterschool program is a YWCA USA program designed to empower girls through technology education as computing has become a key job skill in nearly every profession today. The TechGYRLS® program is offered at YWCA locations throughout the U.S.

For more information about the TechGYRLS program in San Francisco, contact Cindy Clements, Director of Operations, YWCA San Francisco & Marin, at (415) 775-6502.

About the YWCA San Francisco & Marin

The YWCA San Francisco & Marin was founded in 1878 to advocate on behalf of women, girls, and families. Today, the YWCA San Francisco & Marin provides a wide range of community-based services for teens, youth, older adults, and seniors. The Come Into The Sun program serves and mentors youth in the juvenile justice system or who are at risk. The YouthWorks program assists girls in recognizing their own potential and creating change within themselves and their communities. The Chinatown Youth Programs serve and tutor elementary age, newly immigrant children and families. The FiftyPlus Program provides employment services for older women in Marin County. The YWCA Apartments, a San Francisco landmark, provides 97 low-income housing units to seniors and disabled individuals. Visit our web site at http://www.ywcasf-marin.org for more information.

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