MotherCoders

a tech orientation program designed for moms

 
 


MotherCoders is a non-profit that helps moms on-ramp to technical careers in the new economy.

We offer a tech orientation program that provides on-site childcare for moms who want to learn basic computer programming, expand their understanding of the technology landscape, and network with peers and industry professionals.



Mission

Create a more inclusive economy by on-ramping moms to careers in technology.


Model

Technology Skills + Industry Knowledge + Peer & Professional Support + On-site Childcare

Our goal is not to make software programmers. (There are already lots of good folks working hard on that.) Rather, we offer a technology orientation program that enables moms to gain enough knowledge and confidence to take the next step toward technical careers.

Whether it’s going back school to earn a degree or certificate, diving deeper into a specific programming language, joining a tech-focused meetup or affinity group, or seeking an internship where they can further develop their technical skills, MotherCoders helps moms get on a career development track that leads to opportunities in the new economy -- ones that build on their skills and talents, passions and experiences.


Why focus on moms?

Moms face unique challenges in the new economy

As software eats the world, the demand for technology skills will continue to grow. Yet many moms who want to gain the technical skills necessary to thrive in the new economy find it difficult to do so due to childcare, work, or financial constraints.

That's why MotherCoders designed a tech orientation program that directly addresses these challenges. In addition to a curriculum that emphasizes basic computer programming and web design, along with industry knowledge building and peer and professional networking, we offer our students on-site childcare and Saturday classes. 

Moms represent an enormous talent pool

Let's face it: many women currently are or will become moms in their lifetime.

Over 80% of American women will be moms by the time they reach age 40-44. And as of 2009, there were 85.4 million mothers, more than half of which were under 50 years old. (U.S. Census)

Moreover, many moms are college graduates with valuable work experience who merely need to update their technical skills to compete in today's economy.

Among the 25 and older employed population, 37 percent of women have a bachelor's degree or more as of 2010. (U.S. Census)

That's why MotherCoders is working to on-ramp more moms to technical careers. We believe the strength and vibrancy of our economy -- and thereby, our communities -- can be greater if we got more moms with digital skills actively contributing to it.

Moms can help fuel innovation

Women today have more earning and spending power, accounting for $7 trillion in consumer and business spending in the U.S. and making or influencing 85% of all purchasing decisions.

Moms alone represent $2.4 trillion of the market. And with many of them already online and using technology, their participation in driving innovation can result in better products and services for everyone.

That's why the MotherCoders curriculum includes training in design thinking, as well as an overview of major trends and issues affecting the marketplace. In addition, students get to learn directly from female founders and technologists who are on the front lines of technology innovation.


Connect with us!

Got questions? Contact us at info@mothercoders.org.