AspireIT: A K-12 Outreach Initiative for Girls

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NCWIT AspireIT partners NCWIT member organizations and Aspirations in Computing high school and college community members with K-12 girls interested in computing. Using a near-peer model, AspireIT Leaders share their passion skills, and journey to teach participants fundamentals in programming and computational thinking in fun, creative environments. The relationship between the AspireIT Leaders and their AspireIT Partner Organizations fosters mentoring with technical professionals, increases young women’s confidence in their computing abilities, and develops valuable leadership skills. To help, NCWIT provides grants to AspireIT Leader-AspireIT Non-Profit Partner Organization teams of up to $3,000 to aid with program costs.

NCWIT AspireIT leverages the national NCWIT community of universities, companies, nonprofits, 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.

For more information on how to participate in AspireIT, and for current grant timelines, click one of the icons below:


  Program Leaders   Have you received the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC) or the Collegiate Award? Have you registered for the AiC Community because you are majoring or minoring in a computer science related field in an undergraduate or graduate program? This is the place for you to start! Find out what it means to be an AspireIT Leader and how to get started.  
  Potential Partners   Is your organization, academic institute, or company a NCWIT Alliance Member? If no, are you interested in pursuing membership (free in many cases) to support AspireIT Programs? Click here to find out more information on becoming an Alliance Member, the responsibilities associated with being an AspireIT Partner Organization, and how to get started.  
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People Involved: 

Jennifer Manning

AspireIT Partnerships Program Director

Kate L. Pickle

AspireIT Program Manager