Library--East San José Carnegie Branch

Programmatic - Girls Who Code Club Mentor or Coding5k Program Leader

We anticipate that Girls Who Code leadership positions will become available in 2020, currently anticipating late summer or early fall, delayed because of library closures due to the Coronavirus. 
East San José Carnegie Branch  has traditionally hosted 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.
We are also investigating other various possible coding programs, as we had to cancel our April Girls Who Code Spring Break Camp Club for 3rd - 6th graders.
Please indicate on your application if you are interested in helping to lead a club for 7th-12th grade girls, 3rd-6th grade girls, or another Coding 5K possible program.  Note if you are interested only in in-person volunteering, or in possible online (remote) volunteering if that becomes a possibility.

If you apply before the library branches fully reopen to the public, we will not be able to complete the full application, background clearance, and orientation process until the library reopens, but we could proceed with conversations by email or phone and a possible phone interview.
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+