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CODeLLA Aims to Teach Latina Girls Another Vital Language: Coding


Alicia Abella, who is on the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, with girls she met at the conference.

CODeLLA is an eight-week coding and technology entrepreneurship immersion program that aims to teach Latina girls programming skills.

Credit: Carmen Pelaez

The Miami, FL-based CODeLLA project was launched in 2013 to encourage Latina girls ages 8-12 to explore careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

CODeLLA is an eight-week coding and technology entrepreneurship immersion program that aims to teach the girls programming skills, as well as enable them to see a future in STEM fields.

"Learning to code ascertains our girls are fluent in one of the most widely used languages of today's world," says CODeLLa co-founder Josie Goytisolo.

Last fall, CODeLLa held the first She Innovates Tech conference, which aimed to inspire the next generation of innovators by connecting them with female technology leaders such as Alicia Abella, assistant vice president of Cloud Technologies at AT&T, who was a keynote speaker at the conference. "I try and get the girls to recognize that they can actually change the world by getting a science and engineering degree," Abella says.

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