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Marianna Campbell, 17, is looking forward to attending workshops, classes, and discussions offered by Black Girls CODE, which is starting a chapter in Detroit.

Oakland, CA-based Black Girls CODE, a nonprofit that introduces young black, latino, and native American females to computer science, is starting a chapter in Detroit.

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The Oakland, CA-based Black Girls CODE organization, which introduces young African-American, Latino, and Native American females to computer sciences, is opening a chapter in Detroit.

The organization has chapters in 13 U.S. cities and in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Black Girls CODE has worked with 8,000 girls and hopes to train 1 million for careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by 2040.

In Detroit, Black Girls CODE is hosting workshops, classes, and discussions with young girls who want to learn about cyber technology.

Young people today are "digital natives," according to Black Girls CODE founder Kimberly Bryant. "They are not afraid of technology," Bryant says. "They are comfortable with it. They use it as a tool."

Although women are underrepresented in STEM careers, a 2014 assessment of technology and engineering literacy by the Nation's Report Card showed eighth-grade girls were better than boys at thinking through problems and using technology to solve them.

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