Teenage girls who code get encouragement from U.S. Bank

Each year, 10,000 girls from around 80 countries participate in a challenge called Technovation. They identify problems in their communities, and with mentoring, create apps to solve the problems. U.S. Bank backed six teams of girls, made up of Latin American and Somali immigrants as well some from more traditionally white middle-class suburbs, to come up with financial apps for the competition.

In the bank’s hometown, Minneapolis, some of those young app developers met in a junior high classroom to practice their elevator pitches for apps they’ve spent weeks developing.

“Young adults are spending their money on things they don’t need, and parents are getting worried,” started one girl, reading from a script.

“That is why we have created this app,” chimes in another. “This app is named ‘Piggy Saver.'”

Piggy Saver helps kids save money. Catherine Gonzalez, 14, worked on it with the help of a local tech startup and an app-building template. She’s a Mexican immigrant and has been coding for two years. She said she could use the app herself to manage money she gets from chores, something she has a hard time doing.

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