AspireIT K-12 Outreach Program

NCWIT AspireIT connects high school and college women with K-12 girls interested in computing. Using a near-peer model, program leaders teach younger girls fundamentals in programming and computational thinking in fun, creative environments that are supported by program partners from the NCWIT community. The relationship between the program leaders and their program partners fosters mentoring with technical professionals, increases young women’s confidence in their computing abilities, and develops valuable leadership skills.

Applications are currently closed. Please check back for our next funding round, anticipated to open in mid-February, 2018, to support Summer 2018 programming.


Are you interested in learning more about AspireIT? Check out Christina's AspireIT program in Michigan, featured here on Nickelodeon's Halo Effect:

Need more info?

  • If you are an NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Community Member and would like to learn more about being an AspireIT Program Leader, click here.
  • If you are an NCWIT Alliance member and would like to learn more about being an AspireIT Program Partner, click here.

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. AspireIT aims to engage more than 10,000 girls by 2018.

NCWIT announced a Commitment to Action in support of AspireIT at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America held in Denver, Colorado on June 24, 2014. Find out more in our press release.

Click an option below for more information on ways you can get involved with AspireIT:

  Aspirations Alumnae   Potential Partners   Program Leaders  

Questions? Contact us





People Involved: 

Jennifer Manning

AspireIT Partnerships Program Director

Kate L. Pickle

AspireIT Program Manager