YG Donates $150,000 to Startup Company GirlCodeLA to Help Young Women Coders: Exclusive
Though YG is readying the release of his hotly anticipated album, Stay Dangerous, due out Friday (Aug. 3), the West Coast MC still has found time to uplift his community. On Wednesday (Aug. 1), the altruistic star donated $150,000 to startup company GirlCodeLA in order to help young female coders get a head-start in the ultra-competitive field.
“Gender bias plays a role in the amount of exposure students receive in regards to technology and coding," YG told Billboard in a statement. "This leads to influence future decisions within their field, creating smaller opportunities for diversity. With my donation, I hope they’ll be able to expand their reach of future female coders and programmers. I want to make sure I’m doing my part, I got a daughter and I respect the G Code.”
Not only did YG gift the company $150,000, but he also gave out free Beats By Dre headphones during a mentoring session with the young coders, discussing nontraditional career paths.
Founded by entrepreneur Dez White, GirlCodeLA aims to help women build knowledge in computer science, business and software engineering. In addition to being able to grow in multiple fields, participants also can develop career road maps through seminars, classes and hands-on training.