The mission of ACTE's Guidance and Career Development Division is to provide leadership and advocacy for school counselors, career development personnel and other guidance professionals. ACTE collaboratea with other professional education groups to maintain and advance a strong voice for the full implementation of comprehensive guidance programs and the work of career development personnel. They also disseminate CTE information to school counselors, career development personnel and other guidance professionals and
inform CTE professionals about the goals and outcomes of fully implemented comprehensive guidance programs.
The Afterschool Alliance works to ensure that all children have access to affordable, quality afterschool programs. 8.4 million children participate in afterschool programs around the nation, but more than 15.1 million children are on their own after school ends. The nation's leading voice for afterschool, we are the only organization dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of afterschool programs and advocating for more afterschool investments. Our STEM work focuses on creating and advancing federal, state, and local opportunities and policies to expand resources and build systems and partnerships that provide students with access to a rich STEM curriculum in their afterschool programs.
The American School Counselor Association guides school counselors in supporting students focus on academic, social and career development so that they are able to accomplish all of their goals in school and are equipped with the proper tools to have rewarding lives. ASCA provides professional development, resources, research and advocacy to over 24,000 professional school counselors. ASCA heads a group of resources called Smart Girl, which are publications geared towards inspiring middle school girls to learn good decision-making skills, raise their self-esteem, and become capable and independent women.
ACM unites computing educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field's challenges. Through its Special Interest Groups, ACM publishes the proceedings of more than 150 conferences and symposia each year. The ACM Digital Library provides an expanding bibliographic database of all relevant articles in computing, with over 1 million citations to date. ACM's mission includes assessing and influencing the impact of information technologies on all aspects of society. ACM also helps shape U.S. public policy, improve gender equity and diversity, and influence the teaching of computing and information technology.
Austin Pathways is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes the education and general welfare of low-income Austinites in subsidized housing programs, specifically those who live in the 18 public housing communities owned and operated by the Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA) and those who participate in its Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. STEM and computer literacy education can be key elements of family self-sufficiency-- Austin Pathways' "Unlocking the Connection" initiative aims to provide free basic broadband, digital literacy training, and earned computer devices to residents of the Housing Authority of the City of Austin.