Karlie Kloss wants young women to learn coding, offers free summer program

Photo via Kode With Klossy

Photo via Kode With Klossy

Karlie Kloss is 23. She is a supermodel, the face of many brands, has already retired as a Victoria’s Secret Angel.

Now, she’s learning to code. And she wants more girls to learn how to code too.

Kloss partnered with online coding school the Flatiron School to announce her second free summer program for teen girls, Kode With Klossy.

In a video telling viewers how to apply for her program, Kloss says, “”Whether we realize it or not, code touches everything we do, and yet, it is only taught in one in 10 schools in the United States.”

Only 26 percent of computing jobs were held by women in 2013, according to the National Center for Women & Information Technology.

Kode With Klossy scholars will learn back end engineering and many programming languages, Kloss says in the video.

“Before my first coding class, the idea that I could build something with code seemed practically impossible,” Kloss says on her website. “Within a couple of classes, I was working with my classmates to program a small drone. I realized that code is about creativity — just like art and fashion — and that women who have these skills have the power to shape our future.”

Last year’s 21 scholars were chosen from a pool of hundreds of applicants (and two from Austin, Texas!). Potential 2016 Kode with Klossy scholars will have the same application process. Those interested must film a 60-second video explaining what they plan to do with their new coding skills. Girls ages 13 to 18 are eligible to apply. More information can be found at the website kodewithklossy.com.


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