Each month for the foreseeable future, we are collecting donations to send to charitable organizations and causes in the US. For 2020, these highlighted organizations are ones that are centered around education and the fight against racism. It is clear that the specialty coffee industry, and society as a whole, has much to address regarding this long-standing issue. And a way to start is to contribute to those groups that are knowledgeable about action and teaching those around them to unlearn racism.
For the month of November we will be collecting for Black Girls CODE. This will continue until the last day of the month.
The organization’s main focus is to ‘increase the number of women of color in the digital space by empowering girls of color ages 7 to 17 to become innovators in STEM fields, leaders in their communities, and builders of their own futures through exposure to computer science and technology.’ Through community workshops and after-school programs, the organization’s goal is to introduce computer coding to girls in underrepresented communities. Black Girls CODE encourages these young women to learn an essential skill for surviving in the digital age and ‘a chance at well-paying professions with prestigious companies, as well as the ability to enter into the field as an entrepreneurs and leaders of technology.’
To donate, you can select the amount you wish to contribute as an add-on for your product purchases. Acaia will publicly provide proof of donations when they are sent to the organization.
In their own words:
‘Black Girls CODE is devoted to showing the world that black girls can code, and do so much more. By reaching out to the community through workshops and after school programs, Black Girls CODE introduces computer coding lessons to young girls from underrepresented communities in programming languages such as Scratch or Ruby on Rails. Black Girls CODE has set out to prove to the world that girls of every color have the skills to become the programmers of tomorrow. By promoting classes and programs we hope to grow the number of women of color working in technology and give underprivileged girls a chance to become the masters of their technological worlds. Black Girls CODE's ultimate goal is to provide African-American youth with the skills to occupy some of the 1.4 million computing job openings expected to be available in the U.S. by 2020, and to train 1 million girls by 2040.
As of 2013, Black Girls CODE has 7 established institutions, and has operated in 7 states in the U.S. as well as Johannesburg, South Africa. We've reached over 3,000 students, and we plan to expand to 8 more cities in the United States.’