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Out-of-School-Time Organizations impacting equality and equity in STEM

There a several organizations that impact equality and equity in CS (STEM). Below is a list of a few. Add to our list by sharing an organization that impacts equality and equity. 

Gender- and Minority-Specific Computer Science Orgs

STEM/Science-focused Orgs

  • Texas Alliance of Minorities in Engineeringwww.tame.org (Links to an external site.)

    Since 1976, TAME has been working to build a strong STEM workforce that reflects Texas: more women and more minorities contributing to their communities and to the world through STEM careers.

  • Expanding Your Horizonshttp://www.eyhn.org/ (Links to an external site.)

    EYHN is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing gateway STEM experiences to middle and high school girls that spark interest in STEM activities and careers.

  • National Girls Collaborative Projecthttps://ngcproject.org/ (Links to an external site.)

    The vision of the NGCP is to bring together organizations throughout the United States that are committed to informing and encouraging girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

  • National Center for Women in Technologyhttps://www.ncwit.org/ (Links to an external site.)

    NCWIT is a non-profit community that convenes, equips, and unites change leader organizations to increase the meaningful participation of all women — at the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, age, sexual orientation, and disability status — in the influential field of computing, particularly in terms of innovation and development.

  • SWENEXThttp://societyofwomenengineers.swe.org/ (Links to an external site.)

    Mission: Stimulate women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expand the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and demonstrate the value of diversity.

  • SciGirlshttp://www.scigirlsconnect.org/ (Links to an external site.)

    SciGirls is an Emmy award-winning PBS Kids television show, website, and educational outreach program that draws on cutting-edge research about what engages girls in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning and careers.

  • Latinas in STEMhttp://www.latinasinstem.com/ (Links to an external site.)

    Our mission is to inspire and empower Latinas to pursue, thrive and advance in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) fields.

Community-based Orgs

  • Libraries Ready to Codehttp://www.ala.org/tools/readytocode (Links to an external site.)

    Libraries Ready to Code is an initiative of the American Library Association, sponsored by Google, which aims to ensure libraries have the resources, capacity, and inspiration to embrace activities that promote computational thinking (CT) and computer science (CS) among our nation’s youth.

  • Austin Free-Nethttp://austinfree.net/ (Links to an external site.)

    We exist to provide technology training and access to the community, fostering skills that enable people to succeed in a digital age.

  • National Digital Inclusion Alliance: https://digitalinclusion.org/members/ (Links to an external site.)

    The National Digital Inclusion Alliance is a unified voice for home broadband access, public broadband access, personal devices and local technology training and support programs.

  • Digital Inclusion Centers: various communities

Afterschool Programs

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Submitted by Sheri Schoonmaker on Sat, 02/27/2021 - 1:07 pm EST

Vanessa - Thank you for this list.  I sent the link to AllStarCode to my students who qualify demographically for their virtual summer camp. Thanks to COVID, there are now opportunities for students who live in the South or in rural areas to participate in what students in big cities in the Northeast or West Coast take for granted.

I agree with so much of what AllStarCode said on their website - there are many, many organizations who are focusing on getting girls interested in STEM but nothing to help encourage BOYS to become interested in pursuing computer science or engineering as a career. 

We are competing against sports practice and idols who are athletes and hip-hop artists.  Instead, we should be recruiting students to Engineering just like they do in the sports world.  

https://hechingerreport.org/lets-invest-in-black-kids-who-pursue-stem-the-way-we-do-black-kids-on-the-football-field/