Embattled car-sharing startup Uber has announced a three-year partnership with Girls Who Code in which it will donate $1.2m to further the nonprofit’s work to close the gender gap in technology.
Uber said the partnership will help grow hundreds of after-school and immersion programs, allowing an additional 60,000 US girls to be exposed to technical skills from an early age.
And to help ensure the success of the partnership, Uber chief brand officer Bozoma Saint John will join the Girls Who Code board of directors.
In addition, Uber employees will begin volunteering, setting up coding workshops and mentorship programs at local Girls Who Code chapters across the country.
“We’re thrilled to collaborate with organizations like Girls Who Code to build a truly diverse and inclusive tech community,” Uber said in an announcement. “We’ll continue to invest in organizations like this as part of our $3 million diversity fund in the coming years.”