Brave Initiatives is on a mission to empower high school girls to be agents of change in the world through design, coding, and leadership training. In week-long camps high school-age females participate in lively activities and instruction paired together to help them see themselves as leaders in technology and in life.
Started in Chicago four years ago with one week-long camp, Brave will run camps across the world in 2019. In 2018, Resultant was proud to host the first partner-driven camp, bringing BraveCamp to Indianapolis and chartering a new way of delivering camps leveraging the resources and relationships of companies aligned with Brave’s mission. This year, partnerships like the one with Resultant have opened the door for expansion of camps in new cities allowing Brave to reach young women across the world.
July 15-19, young women from high schools across Indianapolis gathered at Resultant for BraveCamp Indy— a fun week packed full of exploration and learning around coding, empathy, community challenges, and careers in technology. Brave supports curriculums that teach campers how to apply technology to solve challenges in addition to understanding the broad spectrum of opportunities in tech careers. Listening to two panels of women in tech leadership roles and receiving instruction from numerous professionals throughout the week helps open their eyes to available possibilities. Supporting organizations Bell Techlogix, City of Indianapolis, DORIS Research, Girls Inc., Indianapolis Public Schools, InnovateMap, Metonymy Media, myCOI, PactSafe, and TechPoint provided talent, resources, and lunch to make the week possible and give campers a well-rounded view of leadership in tech.
This year’s BraveCamp Indy was unique in that it was led by three former campers, now Brave interns, including one who was an Indy camper last year. Taliah helped plan and support the camp last week. After graduation from Goshen College in the spring she’ll move to Chicago to work full-time as a Brave Fellow. During the week, the campers rallied around their community challenges developing solutions related to social issues like body shaming and bullying and broader issues like water pollution. The week culminated with presentations to friends and family as well as on-stage recognition for their accomplishments at the first Innopower Conference.
Resultant is proud to support our community by bringing the mission of Brave Initiatives to the young women of Indianapolis.
“Be brave. Be what it is. When I came here, I was so shy. I really didn’t talk to anyone or like working with people. After BraveCamp, I liked what I was doing. I really liked connections with other people.”