Announcements from March 17, 2022

Posted: 03/17/2022 15:18:06

Modified: 03/17/2022 15:17:54

girls who code

Girls Who Code, a non-profit organization that helps high school girls make an impact in their community while exploring careers in tech, will again be supported by Citizens Bank. The bank will again sponsor the organization’s Summer Immersion Program (SIP), a free two-week virtual experience where girls in grades 9, 10, and 11 learn to code in a supportive environment while learning essential skills in leadership.

The Summer Immersion Program welcomes students into live virtual classrooms led by mentors from industry-leading companies, including Citizens. Students learn the real impact of computer skills through HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, while gaining insight into the technology industry. All high school students who identify as female or non-binary can apply, and no previous computer experience is required. Knowing that Girls Who Code students, half of whom come from historically underrepresented groups, often have part-time jobs or care responsibilities, the organization also offers a flexible self-paced study program (SPP). Students can earn beginner-level badges in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript for web development or an intermediate-level badge in Python for cybersecurity through independent study and real-life projects. Since its launch in 2012, Girls Who Code has reached 450,000 girls through its in-person programming and is on track to close the gender gap in new entry-level tech jobs by 2030.

“Girls Who Code’s summer programming has always been key to turning an early interest in computing into real momentum through college and a career in the tech industry,” said Tarika Barrett, CEO of Girls. WhoCode. “Our commitment to all-virtual programming in 2022 allows us to reach and support more students than ever before, especially those who typically don’t have access to such immersive experiences. We are grateful for the support of our partners who will serve as mentors and role models for our students and share our vision for a more equitable tech workforce.

Computer skills are most in demand in the US job market, with demand three times the national average, but the gender gap in technology and engineering is widening. Despite increased demand for STEM-related jobs, women’s share of the IT workforce has fallen from 37% in 1995 to 22% today.

SIP is free, and need-based grants of up to $500 are available for those who qualify, to provide assistance in lieu of paid opportunities such as summer employment or a paid internship. Girls and current non-binary students in grades 9-11 are eligible to apply. For the third year, Girls Who Code will perform its SIP virtually, building on the significant gains made when it first aired online in 2020 in response to COVID-19.

Students across the United States can apply online at through March 18. Check out the SIP Girls Who Code flyer or join a webinar.


The Hillsborough Community Center will host Zumba Fitness on March 20 from noon to 3 p.m. at the American Legion, 538 W. Main St. Instructors include Lisa Dawes, Jen Hamilton, Jessica Merrill, Rebecca Powers, Kate Merva and Cindy Gidley. The cost is $10. All are welcome and all proceeds will go to the future regional community center. Learn more about

ConcordeIntown Concord Annual Celebration

Intown Concord will hold its 2022 annual celebration on April 7 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Bank of NH Stage. Discover what’s new and exciting in downtown Concord. Tickets are $30 and include a downtown taster, downtown merchant raffles, cash bar and more. Salvatore Prizio, the new executive director of the Capitol Center for the Arts will be the guest speaker.

Food donations

The Capital Region Food Program (CRFP) has distributed over 2.5 tons of non-perishable food to 16 area social service agencies, food pantries and churches as part of the year-round distribution project of the program on March 8.

CRFP partner agencies receiving food as part of the distribution included: Boscawen Congregational Church Food Pantry, CenterPoint Church Food Pantry, Christ the King Food Pantry, Concord Housing Authority, Epsom Food Pantry, Friends of Forgotten Children, Gospel Light Food Pantry, Loudon Food Pantry, Merrimack Valley Day Care, Open Door Community Church, Pittsfield Food Pantry, St Paul’s Church Food Pantry, Salvation Army, Suncook CAP, Warner Connects, West Congregational Church Food Pantry

As part of the year-round distribution project, non-perishable items such as canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, breakfast cereals, pastas and soups are distributed free of charge to participating partner organizations. For a complete list of partner agencies supported by CRFP’s year-round distribution project efforts, visit

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