After a well-earned half term break the Go_Girls were back in the classroom and raring to get going. As with every session, we began with a group feedback exercise where the young women get to share what they’ve been up to over the past week.
The one thing that always stands out to me is how very unique each of these young women are. They may all have been labelled ‘NEET’ (not in education, employment or training) by the government, and therefore eligible for the Go_Girl programme. But every single member of this group has a very different story to tell as to how they ended up in this situation. They all have their own individual challenges to face, but also their own strengths to draw upon. Every single Go_Girl has interests that distinguish them from their peers. The Go_Girl programme aims to help nurture this individuality by enabling the young women to create their own projects. These endeavours combine coding and the Go_Girls’ other passions in creative and exciting ways. For example, one of the young women hopes to create a blog profiling stories of homeless people in Oxford, as well as information on how the public can help address this issue. This idea was inspired by her own experiences of homelessness. One of the other young women is hoping to create computer-generated textiles using a code-operated sewing machine. This week the young women got lots of time to work on their projects as well as support from the team with the code and computer skills that they might need. We are looking forward to seeing how these exciting ideas progress!