HACA’s Pathways Program and Latinitas’s Girls Leading Girls Initiative Use National Center for Women and Information Technology Resources to Cultivate More Gender Diversity in Tech
Austin, Texas – February 05, 2016 – 9,000 technology jobs are coming to Austin by 2017, yet the current industry employs less than 17 percent of women. The National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) has committed to an initiative that will engage young girls in computing concepts. Pooling resources such as HACA’s on-site computer labs, Latinitas’s 14 years of experience empowering girls of color using technology (latinitasmagazine.org), and NCWIT’s youth partners and curriculum, Girls Leading Girls Through Tech is leveraging collaboration to teach more young girls the basics of coding, app and game design, and animation.
“I see [Girls Leading Girls Through Tech] as a great way to give to these girls the kind of relationship I have with technology,” said Linnea May, Team Instructor for Girls Leading Girls. “To me, it’s a way to make amazing things, something to be used as a tool and trusted to meet your needs.”
Girls Leading Girls Through Tech is an intensive 6-week session of lessons exclusively for girls living in public housing. Girls ages 9 – 18 are welcome and will meet every Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm beginning February 6th and ending March 19th at HACA’s Meadowbrook Apartments, located at 1201 W Live Oak St, Austin, Texas, 78704. The lessons will be delivered by teens selected in NCWIT’s AspireIT K-12 Outreach Program. NCWIT works to increase gender diversity in technology and computing in order to improve business performance and better serve a more diverse population. NCWIT believes that by providing women with lucrative careers, the economic and social well-being of a larger population will increase.
Latinitas will be assisting with program management, getting career presenters and registration. Since 2002, Latinitas has been empowering young girls through media and technology while focusing on inspiring young Latinas to become confident and successful. By partnering with NCWIT’s AspireIT K-12 program, Latinitas will continue to expand their mission. Similarly, HACA’s Pathways program, Austin Pathways, seeks to promote education and general welfare to low-income families in Austin.
Participants of Girls Leading Girls Through Tech will have the opportunity to meet persons from the game and app design industries in Austin, as well as engineers, coders and animators. The initiative will culminate with a short presentation of developed products during SXSW and passes for all girls involved.
For more information, call Latinitas at (512) 900-0304 or email Sylvia Butanda at firstname.lastname@example.org.