PHILADELPHIA —North Carolina is represented in a big way on TechGirlz‘ newly appointed advisory board.

Today, the  non-profit, which is dedicated to getting young girls interested in tech career, announced that Navya Alva and Puneetha Mallarapu, from Cary; Ameya Rao, from Raleigh; and Sarah Ridley and Nara Valera-Simeon, from Durham, North Carolina, were selected among a pool of applicants to the Southern Teen Advisory Board.

They will serve as advisors and mentors for the program at-large. For the first time, the Board has been divided by region because of the large number of interested girls.

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“TechGirlz is forging a continuous path for girls to follow to a career in technology beginning in middle school,” said TechGirlz founder and chairwoman Tracey Welson-Rossman, in a statement. “These inspiring girls are committed to continuing and growing their experience in the field as advocates, advisors, and mentors for others within the program. We congratulate and welcome them to this year’s Board and are grateful for their service.”

TechGirlz fosters a love for technology in middle school girls through its free, open source technology courses.