Top model Karlie Kloss recently announced her new program, #KodeWithKarlie, to empower teen girls in technology. The announcement video released on Instagram asks girls to apply for a chance to win a scholarship to the Flatiron Pre-College Academy to learn computer coding.

“Code is only going to continue to play a major role in defining our future,” Kloss said in the video. “I think it’s crucial that young women learn to code as early as possible to ensure that we, as young women, have a voice and a stake in what the world looks like.”

The scholarship covers tuition to the academy’s two week summer course in Intro to Software Engineering.

Interested high school students are encouraged to upload a 60 sec video explaining to Kloss “how you imagine you’ll use your coding superpowers.”

After taking the software engineering course with the Flatiron Academy, Kloss is passionate about sharing the innovative power of technology with others. “You’ll be ready to take on the world,” Kloss said.

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