San Francisco based Black Girls CODE recently took part in a programming Hackathon in New Orleans as part of the 2014 Essence Festival. Along with their partners at the event, Verizon's HopeLine and a youth-led anti-domestic violence organization called Break the Cycle, their project was geared towards creation of mobile apps and websites to help bring information to their peers on how to have and maintain abuse-free relationships. The 48 hour project was called Love Is Respect.
Black Girls CODE is a terrific organization which is working to bridge the gap of access to internet and STEM education for black families and households in the Bay Area. As one of the more signifcantly underrepresented populations in STEM, especially in computer programming, this organization is another very valuable resource in helping to bring more diversity into the programming world. They have served over 3000 girls at 6 cities around the U.S. so far with scholarships and resource assistance, as well as helping these girls gain valuable skills.
Read more about the project at Verizon's website: Black Girls CODE Raises the Next Generation of Tech Innovators. And at CNN: Black girls take on tech's diversity woes.