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The Honest Company Hosts Girls Who Code Summer Program

With her super successful family lifestyle brand that has become a $1 billion company with 75 percent of its revenue coming from online, actress, entrepreneur and technology proponent Jessica Alba has partnered up with Girls Who Code to host their summer immersion program in Los Angeles.

A national non-profit organization that works to inspire and educate girls to enter the male-dominated field of computer science and tech, Girls Who Code offers a seven-week intensive course where high school girls will learn everything from HTML to robotics. The program is offered across the country in 14 cities.

"My dreams, in creating [The Honest Company] and in it coming to life, would not have been possible without technology. It really evened the playing field for me to give everyone access to these safe and healthy products, no matter where you lived," said Alba in an interview with Re/code. "So I just feel like, if we could in any way shape or form inspire girls to be entrepreneurs, to participate in the creation of the future, the world's problems can be solved."

Girls Who Code founder and CEO Reshna Saujani wasn't initially interested in tech when she was a younger, but as she got older frustrations due to the lack of knowledge in programming led her to start the organization in 2012. What started with only 20 participants has now grown to 10,000. Ninety percent of those who finish the summer intensive major in computer science or a tech-related concentration in college.

In addition to bridging the gender gap in the tech industry, Girls Who Code also encourages their students to explore deep-rooted issues. At the graduation ceremony that took place outside of The Honest Company HQ in Santa Monica, Saujani praised an app created by the girls called Un-Bordered. This features a game that centers on a 17-year-old Latina high school girl who has to decide to leave the country with her deported family or stay in the states to continue her education. One of the creators of the app is Alondra Torres-Navarro, a 17-year-old immigrant who was smuggled out of Mexico at 4-years-old. Like the character in the game, Torres-Navarro also struggles between family and education.

"I'm really enjoying my time there," said Torres-Navarro. "It was a tough choice, but it's much better in terms of my opportunities, and I'll be able to give more back by getting an education."

No matter the socioeconomic, racial or cultural background, Girls Who Code gives every girl the chance at an opportunity to learn and fearlessly enter a career field—one that is so important in our digital age—so they can work to make a difference in the world.

Photo credit: Re/code

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