Being multilingual can make entering the STEM workforce easier and that is why CODeLLa, a coding immersion and tech entrepreneurship program, is teaching Latina girls between the ages of 8 and 12 who are fluent in English and Spanish how to code. By the year 2022, one million science, technology, engineering and math jobs are said to be available in the U.S. CODeLLA is working diligently to increase the number of female computer science students in colleges.
"The majority of Latina girls ages nine to thirteen attending Title 1 schools in the United States do not have access to quality STEM learning or computer science." said co-founder Josie Goytisolo, referring to schools where many of the students come from low-income families. "Learning to code ascertains our girls are fluent in one of the most widely used languages of today's world. It's a foundational literacy that's a necessity," said Goytisolo, who spent decades in broadcasting as a manager in both English and Spanish-language news.