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Microsoft Scores Big Touchdown with Girls Who Brunch Tour, Donates Tech to Close Opportunity Gap

Microsoft donates 80 brand new Surface Pro laptops to Code E Locs to help close the opportunity gap.


On February 9th, 2024, Microsoft teamed up with the Girls Who Brunch Tour inside of "Shaq's Fantasy Lab" for a touchdown event aimed at empowering young girls from underserved communities in Las Vegas. The "IGNITED: Masterclass Tech Series," part of Girls Who Brunch Tour, brought together STEM activities, mentorship, powerful panels from amazing women, and delicious food to spark a passion for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) among girls facing socioeconomic, familial, and societal challenges.


But the event's impact went beyond the initial workshops and brunch. In a surprising and generous move, Microsoft donated all 80 brand new Surface Pro laptops used during the event to Code E Locs, a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing free coding classes to kids. This incredible donation empowers Code E Locs to expand its reach and offer free coding education in areas of Las Vegas with limited access to technological resources.


"We are incredibly grateful to Microsoft for their unexpected generosity," said Chrissy Lee, Co-founder and Director of Code E Locs. "This donation will allow us to bring the power of coding to even more children who might not otherwise have the opportunity to explore STEM fields. We are excited to partner with organizations like the Boys and Girls Club and local elementary schools in underserved areas to make a real difference in the lives of these kids."4


Microsoft's commitment to bridging the opportunity gap in STEM education is evident in this impactful initiative. By not only sponsoring the Girls Who Brunch Tour but also donating essential tech tools, they are helping Code E Locs reach more children and ignite a passion for STEM that can pave the way for brighter futures. Code E Locs also benefits from the entire Microsoft Business Suite through the Black and African American Nonprofit Tech Accelerator Program.


This unexpected act of generosity serves as an inspiration to other organizations and individuals who share the goal of creating a more equitable and tech-savvy future for all. Code E Locs would like to give a special thank you to Tunesha Griffith and Darrell Booker of Microsoft. Also a special thanks to volunteers, Addi, Angelica, Halle, Michele, and Annette.



 Visit www.codeelocs.org for more info on donation and volunteer opportunities with Code E Locs.



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