4 Reasons Kode With Klossy Is Making An Impact In The Midwest
In 2015, supermodel and St. Louis native Karlie Kloss shed her Victoria’s Secret wings to begin a new journey at New York University as a student in the Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Prior to enrolling at the university, Kloss had already expressed interest in learning skills in an array disciplines—most specifically in computer coding—and had taken courses in computer programming at the Flatiron School. This year, she is spreading her passion for coding by providing opportunities to young women across the nation with her initiative, Kode With Klossy.
In June, Kloss kicked off her Kode With Klossy summer camp in Downtown St. Louis at T-Rex. The impressive camp, which also hit New York City and Los Angeles, invited girls from ages 13-18 to learn software engineering skills that matched apps used by companies such as The New York Times and Twitter (which was also founded by St. Louis native Jack Dorsey). The camps wrapped up at the beginning of this month, engaging 21 girls from across the nation in the importance of computer coding. However, the impact of Kloss’ movement for women in technology is still underway. Here are four reasons why Kode with Klossy is making an impact.
Paid apprenticeships and fellowships
In addition to the Kode with Klossy youth summer camps, Kloss also provides the career scholarship on a month-by-month basis. The scholarship is available to women of all ages and offers a 12-month online coding program on the Learn.co platform to complete courses offered at the Flatiron School. Women who successfully complete the course are offered an opportunity to participate in a paid apprenticeship or fellowship with one of the organization’s partners.
Speaking of partners, the opportunity to work with some of the top leading web-based media outlets is even more reason that Kode With Klossy is so amazing. Companies such as New York Magazine, WeWork, Vice and Condé Nast (which houses publications such as Vogue, Teen Vogue and GQ) have all signed on to advance this generation of women in technology.
The really cool T-shirts
Kloss is brains with beauty to match. To complement her career in fashion with her committment to coding, Kloss worked with Express to release the Like A Kloss graphic t-shirt. All sales for the t-shirt support Express in donating to scholarships and programs for the Kode With Klossy organization. Earlier this summer, Kloss also released the Kode With Klossy Box Set that included the Like A Kloss t-shirt, along with a portable charger, notebook and more. Unfortunately, the box sets sold quickly, but you can still sign up online to be notified of the next sale.
It’s all about women’s empowerment
At the heart of the Kode With Klossy is a very simple mission: to transform the face of the tech industry by advancing women in the field. With initiatives such as this one created by Kloss, along with others such as LaunchCoderGirl Meetups (offered at the Launch Code office here in St. Louis), Girls Who Code and more, the future is sure to be very promising with women as its innovators and leaders.
Top photo by Olu Eletu.