AspireIT Opportunity for NCWIT Alliance Members

Applications for Summer 2018 programs are now open and due on March 11, 2018.

Interested in inspiring young women at the K-12 level to become technology makers while empowering high school and college women to teach and mentor them? We actively work year round to identify adults like you to become NCWIT AspireIT Partner Organizations.

Using a near-peer model, AspireIT Leaders (students who are members of the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing community) are supported by AspireIT Partner Organizations (local and national organizations who are members of an NCWIT Alliance) work together to teach girls in grades K through 12 the fundamentals of programming and computational thinking in fun, creative environments.

View our recent webinar to find out more about NCWIT, AspireIT, what it means to be a Partner Organization, and how to get started. (Slides | Recording)

Inspire Girls through AspireIT

NCWIT AspireIT leverages the national NCWIT community of universities, companies, non-profits, and government organizations to increase women’s meaningful participation in computing through a rapidly scalable and cost-effective approach. To date, NCWIT has gifted more than $800,000 to 300 programs, providing an estimated 240,000 instruction hours to nearly 8,000 girls in 40 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands since 2013.

As an AspireIT Partner Organization, you can help engage even more girls. Our goal is set for reaching 10,000 girls by 2018!

Our AspireIT Partner Organizations tell us they participate because they can:

  • Increase young women’s confidence in their computing abilities.
  • Help young change agents develop valuable leadership skills.
  • Inspire future innovators.
  • Give back to their community by facilitating computing education locally.

​Join other Program Partners on their fulfilling journey in changing the perspectives of computing for thousands of girls in communities nationwide.

Before You Volunteer…

  1. Review the full application, also known as the Request for Proposal (RFP), to confirm that you are eligible and able to fulfill the roles and responsibilities of a AspireIT Partner Organization, including the duties as a fiscal agent.

    - As mentioned in the RFP, familiarize yourself with the Curriculum and Budget Template, which are all available on the AspireIT Toolkit webpage.
  2. Most AspireIT Partner Organization are either a K-12 Alliance Member or Associate Member, or an Academic Alliance Member. If you are unsure if your organization is a member, search our member lists.

    - Are you representing a school, library, or other non-profit organization that serves students in grades K-12? Fill out this form to become a member (national organizations) or associate member (local organizations) of our K-12 Alliance. Membership is free of charge, but gives you access to may opportunities and resources.

    - Are you representing a college or university? Fill out this form to become an Academic Alliance member. Membership is free of charge, but gives you access to may opportunities and resources.

Ready to Volunteer?

  1. Confirm that as a potential Program Partner you meet the eligibility and criteria as specified in the full application, also known as the Request for Proposal (RFP).
  2. A program team is comprised of the AspireIT Leader and AspireIT Partner Organization, and the MUST be paired prior to submitting an application for funding.If you already have an AspireIT Leader you are working with, they will register your collective program and partnership intent, and we will send you an email to confirm your organization's partnership with the leader.

    If you do not yet have an AspireIT Leader to work with, fill out the "Looking for an AspireIT Leader" form to express your interest in working with a leader. AspireIT Leaders are able to search this list for potential partner organizations, and NCWIT will also do what it can to help connect you with a potential Leader.
  3. You may also look here to see if there's an AspireIT Leader in your area looking for an AspireIT Partner Organization already.

Questions? We are here to help. Please send us an email at aspireit@ncwit.org.