Youth Coding Initiative


Creativity and usefulness shine in apps made by high school girls.  

Unlocking the career code.

High school student Geraldine Agredo is on the path to becoming a computer scientist thanks to Girls Who Code, an Adobe youth coding initiative partner.

The need for diversity
As our lives continue to be influenced by technology, the need for programmers is critical. By 2020, the US Department of Labor predicts that 1.4 million jobs will be created in the computing related fields, but U.S. graduates are only on pace to filling 29% of them. A recent study by the National Science Foundation tells us that 64% of the science and engineering workforce in the US are comprised of White and Asian males; 27% are White, Hispanic and Black females; and 7% are Black and Hispanic males.
Highlighting computer science as a career choice
Adobe is focused on diversifying the talent pool by highlighting the creative and collaborative aspects of computer science to female and minority youth. Through our partnerships, we amplify the excitement of creating a software program that finds a new or better way of doing something. Our goal is to connect with youth who never thought of themselves as a computer scientist, and open their minds to the possibilities of this career choice. 

Supporting Girls Who Code
Adobe proudly supports Girls Who Code. During the summer, we host 20 female high school students from across the country to learn everything from graphics and animation to mobile app development during the summer months. The girls come to Adobe headquarters in San Jose for seven weeks, fully immersing themselves in our technology and being paired with female Adobe mentors. After the summer program in 2014, 100% of the girls who participated are considering computer science as a major, or have decided to pursue the field.