September 1, 2017
If there is one thing people know about me it’s that I love video games more than I love most of my flesh and blood. Growing up, video games were my outlet to turn stress and worries into inspiration and creativity. There is a value to kids having video games as an outlet for their imagination, and even greater value in teaching them how to write, design, and code their very own creations. Girls Make Games is a nonprofit organization that provides summer camps to teach young girls, ages 10-17, exactly that, and I was honored to be a judge at their end of summer Demo Day. Five teams from across the country were selected to present their video game demos, with the winning team’s creation being turned into an actual game available for purchase. These girls blew me away. Their game themes were incredibly moving and deep beyond their years. One team’s game revolved around preventing war in a divided country. Another team mentioned their monsters were representative of their main character’s inner demons. I was so proud to learn that a member of the winning team was one of the recipients of my AJ Scholarship! GMG’s mission to empower young women to explore STEM fields, through something as fun as video games, is something we can all get behind. If you’d like more information on their program or to learn how to participate or donate, visit GirlsMakeGames.com.