Code Girls United was thrilled to begin programming around the state in mid-September. Over 300 girls are part of the statewide free afterschool programs, learning computer science, coding and business skills while building self-confidence along the way! In Polson, Code Girls has partnered with the Polson Boys and Girls Club for the second year. 6 girls in grades 4-6 are enrolled with 2 of these girls being in their second year. In Ronan, we have 13 students enrolled in grades 4-8 with a Ronan High School student, Amy Snyder volunteering in this class. Our students are currently learning foundation coding principles and have successfully created several apps in just the few short weeks programming has been in session. The students will be participating in our Northwest App Challenge in the Spring, in which they will create apps to address community issues they care about. This challenge lends opportunity for students to work in teams to win scholarship prizes! In the past students created apps to help with issues such as food waste, mental health and animal welfare. We can’t wait to see what the students will develop this year! Thank you to our partners at Greater Polson Community Foundation for supporting this work to empower young girls to ‘code their own futures’!