Karlie Kloss Wants YOU To Code, Too

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images.
Karlie Kloss isn't just a supermodel. She's also driven and passionate about the causes she cares about. And one of those, you may be surprised to learn, is the state of the tech industry. Kloss wants to see more women coding and more women innovating, and she's helping to make that a reality.

It started with Kode With Klossy, a summer program she launched last year for 20 young women in New York City. This year, she expanded that program to 80 women and three cities. But there was one problem: Kode With Klossy is only for high school age women, 13 to 18, and as Kloss and her team went through applications for the program, they realized that there was a lot of interest from women college age or older.

So today, Kloss is introducing the Kode With Klossy Career scholarship. Valued at $12,000, this scholarship covers a nine-month coding program through New York's Flatiron School’s Learn.co online campus. At the end of the self-taught program, participants will have the skills necessary for an entry level coding position.

"The main goal is to strengthen the pipeline for women in tech," Kloss told Refinery29 in a phone interview. "Just this past year, there were over 600,000 high paying computing jobs that were unfilled. The ambition with the Kode With Klossy Career scholarship is to help reach women who are dedicated to putting their coding skills to use professionally to close the job gap now."

Besides the length of the program and that it's self-taught, the biggest difference between the career scholarship and Kode With Klossy program is that at the completion of the program, women will have the chance to apprentice with a company. Partners include Vice, Instagram, WeWork, and Condé Nast. Applications are available today, and one woman each month for the next 12 months will be given a scholarship for the program.

To get the scholarship, you don't need coding or math skills already. Kloss thinks that curiosity and creativity are two important attributes that help coders succeed. And then you'll need to be passionate — and focused — in order to complete the program on your own (it's designed to be done outside of your day job or current college work load).

And what about Kloss' own coding abilities? She says they're coming along "slow and steady."

"I’ve been learning [Ruby] part time for the past two years, and by all means I’m very much still a beginner," Kloss said. "My technical skills are slowly and steadily getting stronger every day, but I don’t think I’d get a job just yet. I’ll stick to my day job!"

If you'd like to jump-start your career, or take it in a new direction, you can apply for the Kode With Klossy Career scholarship here.

More from Tech

Pokémon Go was this year's biggest app sensation. Within 24 hours of its launch, the game became a mega hit and has since seen users walking billions of ...
For the second time this month, earthlings of the Western Hemisphere will experience a special event involving our moon. Earlier this month, we got our ...
If you want to look up information about your favorite celebrities, your first instinct is probably to google them. But depending on who you're curious ...
GENERATION STARTUP presents Women In Tech, an episode of an exclusive web series with footage left on the cutting room floor. The feature documentary ...
Complaining today is much easier than it used to be. Lost luggage, bad service, extra charges, broken products — you used to have to put a letter in the ...
It's Google's 18th birthday which means it can finally see all the porn it serves up
Tonight marks the first of three presidential debates between candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Because of the debate's close proximity to New...
(Paid Content) Refinery29 is now on Versy, a messaging and content-sharing app made for busy people like us
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) developed a phone app that will assist you in recording and reporting police conduct. The app, Mobile Justice, ...
If you aren't registered to vote, don't panic. As a matter of fact, thanks to Snapchat, you can now do it in just one minute, reports Time. The social-...
You may start to notice your Uber drivers snapping a lot of selfies, but it doesn't necessarily mean that you're riding with an Instagram addict. Your ...
Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel announced that the company has developed new video-enabled sunglasses, called Spectacles, and will subsequently be rebranding ...
You're at 20,000 feet, and you realize your flight doesn’t have WiFi — which wouldn't be a big deal, except you forgot your book at home, and none of your ...
It's a sad but true fact that a bad commute — one where you just miss the bus or subway — has the power to ruin your day. More often than not, these near...