Library--East San José Carnegie Branch

Programmatic - Girls Who Code Club Mentor : Coding5k Program Leader

We are actively recruiting for One or two Women to lead an approved
Girls Who Code club for 6th-12th graders.  We had a very small club for 2018-2019; we are hoping to increase our number, ideally to 10-12 girls for the 2019-2020 school year.

We are also developing two GWC series for summer 2019 - one for 6th-12th graders on Saturday mornings mid-June through July, and  a shorter serie4s for younger girls in upper elementary school, days/dates to be arranged in July.

East San José Carnegie Branch is planning to host a weekly 1.5 to 2 hour  Girls Who Code club for the school year (September - April). These clubs are for middle and high school aged girls interested in computer science and programming. Curricula and session modules are provided by the Girls Who Code organization.

These clubs help girls learn coding, teach networking skills (developing sisterhood), and to exercise their skills by designing a project that could make an impact in their communities.



We would prefer women with some computer expertise to act as our mentors/facilitators.  We recommend if you are interested, apply to the library as soon as possible so we can begin the process both for you as a Library Volunteer and for you as a Girls Who Code Club mentor and instructor.  The Girls Who Code organization has their own application process, and you can then be matched with our new Club.  We are not able to advertise for Club membership until our new instructor/facilitator has  been accepted by received fingerprinting clearance

This is part of the Coding5K Challenge in San Jose. 

The Coding5k Challenge seeks to increase access to coding focused programs and deepen the quality of programming through the use of both assessment tools and expert volunteers.

How You Will Make a Difference

You will be an important part of enhancing the library’s ability to offer quality STEAM programming to Silicon Valley students.

Typical day/task

  • Set up the program area
  • Prepare in advance by using provided Girls Who Code Curriculum
  • Provide instruction consistent within  the GWC program format
  • Communicate regularly with staff about the  program
  • Log hours and attendance
  • Assist with promotional efforts for the program


  • Connect with your community and provide a desired service
  • Develop teaching and mentoring skills
  • Share coding and your other skills with others


Required:  Ability to commit to prepare for and to lead once /week afternoon for at least 6 months (Targeting  September  through April  (days/times are negotiable).  Willingness to teach the class for the duration agreed upon between volunteer and branch. Program exact schedule is dependent on the availability of the volunteer.  Co-teachers are also welcome to share the load.


  • Ability to lead a program with a genuine interest in student success
  • Prospective Volunteers must attend one brief  in-person orientation and be accepted by GWC (Girls Who Code), viewing their webinar orientation.  
  • Fingerprinting required for volunteers age 18 and over
  • Age 18 or over


Qualifications Required

  • Age Must be at least 18+