Earlier this month, Karlie Kloss invited four teenage girls to her homey office on Lafayette Street in SoHo, where she runs Klossy, a fashion, multimedia and philanthropic organization.
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Model Karlie Kloss Sees Big Growth For Her Coding Camp For Teen Girls
Today Kloss announced a dramatic expansion of the program. From 15 camps in 12 cities that taught 300 girls last year, it will spread to 50 camps in 25 cities and teach a total of 1,000 campers. To staff the camps, Kode With Klossy is teaming up with non-profit Teach for America, which will supply 50 instructors.
Growing up in a suburb of St. Louis, Kloss loved math and science but her public high school, Webster Groves High, didn’t offer computer classes. At age 13, she was discovered by a modeling scout at a charity fashion show in a mall. It was a challenge to juggle classwork with her modeling jobs, which took her to Paris and New York. But she graduated on time, wearing a Dior dress to her senior prom and at 6’2′, towering over her date. After modeling full-time for two years, she gained admission to New York University’s Gallatin School (mentor and model-turned-philanthropist Christy Turlington wrote a recommendation letter), where she is studying toward a yet-to-be-determined major.
In 2014, between modeling gigs, she took her first one-week coding class at the Flatiron School in New York City. Founded in 2012, Flatiron is one of the first coding boot camps, offering intensive courses to students who want to gain skills quickly. Kloss loved the course. ‘It opened my eyes to the power of code and all the ways this very technical language can be used in very creative ways,’ she says.
In 2015, Kloss spent more than $20,000 to underwrite 21 scholarships for girls aged 13-18 to attend Flatiron’s two-week pre-college coding class. The school matched her donation.
The next year she launched her own program, calling it Kode With Klossy. She hired a team of temporary summer teachers and developed a curriculum aimed at teens. Classes ran from 9am to 5pm, five days a week, for two weeks. In 2015, a total of 70 girls did the camps in New York, Los Angeles, and St. Louis.
Karlie Kloss is expanding her summer school to help more girls to learn code
Karlie Kloss’ passion for coding hasn’t faded. And to prove it, the 25-year-old model and entrepreneur is taking her nonprofit coding program to the next level.
After taking a coding class herself, Kloss launched Kode With Klossy in 2015 in the hopes of making coding lessons more accessible to young girls and inspiring them to pursue careers in the tech industry. Now, the program is expanding its reach by launching 50 coding summer camps in 25 cities across America.
As a result, Kode With Klossy will be able to serve 1,000 girls this year between the ages of 13 and 18. The nonprofit is also partnering with Teach For America in a new initiative to train educators, so they can bring coding curricula back to their own communities.
“I initially took a coding class because I wanted to understand what this language I kept hearing about was,” Kloss said, explaining that she didn’t originally set out to start a nonprofit.
But after realizing what a powerful role coding plays in creating technologies that can transform society, she knew it was something she wanted to expose others to.
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