Place of birth:
High School Student
Co-Funder of CODeLLA.org
I am a 14 year old freshman at Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart, in Miami, Florida, and a co-founder of CODeLLA, a not-for-profit organization that teaches underprivileged Hispanic girls ages 9-13 coding, entrepreneurial, and STEM skills (www.codella.org). CODeLLA currently offers a once a week program during the school year and an 8 week 6 hour a day summer immersion program.
I believe that helping these girls expand their horizons, and escape stereotypical labeling, has been transformative not only for the girls but for me as well. I am also a public speaker on the need for coding, entrepreneurship, and STEM skills for Hispanic girls ages 9-13 and was a featured panelist at Miami Device.
Why would you recommend exploring careers in science and technology to other Latina girls?
By 2020 there will be over 1.4 million computer science jobs and not sufficient qualified workers to fill them. Hispanics are the largest growing population in the United States yet Hispanics and Hispanic women in particular are the most underrepresented in the field of computer science. It takes us from just being consumers of technology to makers of technology. If you see a problem or something that is lacking in your community, society, school, hobby, etc. you can envision a solution and create it. How cool is that? Problems can become opportunities.
Careers in Science and Technology are fun!