Wed, Jul 31, 2013 2:29 PM EDT

Kimberly Bryant, a biotechnology and engineering professional and founder of the nonprofit Black Girls Code, was one of 11 people to receive the White House Champions of Change for Tech Inclusion award today. The award is given to celebrate people in the U.S. "who are doing extraordinary things to expand technology opportunities for young learners--especially minorities, women and girls, and others from communities historically underserved or underrepresented in tech fields." 

Bryant founded San Francisco-based Black Girls Code in 2011 as a way to close the digital divide for girls of color. So far the organization has trained  more than 1,500 girls to work in technology fields such as robotics, video game design, mobile phone application development and computer programming. Bryant says she aims to reach one million girls by 2040.