AspireIT Middle School Outreach Program

AspireIT is a middle school outreach program that matches NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing recipients with participating not for profit  Academic Alliance, K-12 Alliance or Affinity Group 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. 

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AspireIT Programs

The AspireIT program has awarded $226,000 to 70 programs since it began in 2013. These programs are in 23 states, reaching a diverse community of nearly 2,000 middle school girls providing as estimated 115,000 hours of instruction in computing and technology. Each program brings together an Aspirations in Computing recipient (currently high school or college aged young women) and a K-12 or Academic Alliance member. In 2014, NCWIT joined the Clinton Global Initiative America Commitment to Action in the journey to expose 10,000 girls to computing by 2018.

The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes leaders to turn ideas into action. CGI Commitments to Action represent bold new ways that CGI members address global challenges—implemented through new methods of partnership and designed to maximize impact. Commitments can be small or large, global or local. No matter the size or scope, commitments help CGI members translate practical goals into meaningful and measurable results.

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People Involved: 

Ruthe Farmer

Chief Strategy & Growth Officer

Jennifer Manning

AspireIT Program Manager

Lauren Von Roenn

Program Operations Manager

Ammi Ludwick

Aspirations in Computing Program Director