Aspirations in Computing is a talent development initiative designed to increase female participation in technology careers by providing encouragement, visibility, community, leadership opportunities, scholarships, and internships to aspiring technically inclined young women. Since 2007, NCWIT has inducted more than 2,500 young women into the Aspirations in Computing community and is helping to usher these women into technology careers.
AspireIT is a middle school outreach program that matches NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing recipients with participating Academic Alliance or K-12 Alliance members to create and run computing-related outreach programs for middle school girls — such as after-school programs, summer camps, clubs, or weekend conferences. Inspired by the desire of young women in computing to "pay it forward," AspireIT aims to employ a "near-peer" approach that provides middle school girls with a positive, sustained experience of learning and creating computing alongside their peers in high school and college. AspireIT is supported by Google, Intel, and Northrop Grumman.
The K-12 Alliance is a strategic growth Alliance, whose current forty-four (44) member organizations can reach over 55% of girls in the United States. The K-12 Alliance Membership subcommittee continuously reviews and researches potential members with the authority, reach, and/or niche to increase the K-12 Alliance’s overall effectiveness and outreach. Members of the NCWIT K-12 Alliance find membership mutually beneficial, and currently have more than 100 partnerships around the country.
The K-12 Alliance's Research and Resources subcommittee works directly with NCWIT social scientists, to provide advice concerning educational research and potential resources focused on girls and computing. The subcommittee works to advance existing K-12 related research projects, as well as brainstorm future research projects and resources. In January 2013, the K-12 Alliance published "Girls in IT - The Facts", a comprehensive report about the current state of affairs for girls in technology, synthesizing the best available data into one, easy-to-access resource.