One of our signature programs is ChickTech: High School, a year-long program that supplements traditional education and provides educational opportunities and a supportive community for young women to learn how to create technology. Our focus is driving the participation of girls who do not see themselves as technologists but who have the aptitude to do very well in technical fields. We place additional emphasis on recruiting at-risk and low-income participants. By increasing their self-confidence and interest in technology, we increase the number of girls who aspire to technology careers. This important work is shaping the workforce of tomorrow to have the diverse skills and perspectives needed for the industry to thrive.
Another major program is our ACT-W (Advancing the Careers of Technical Women) Conference. In collaboration with local companies and non-profits, our chapters organize a weekend event with keynote speakers, interactive discussions, resume reviews, mock interviews, a career fair, and career and technical workshops for women of all experience levels.
Demonstrated Success of ChickTech Programs
ChickTech High School has shown tremendous results:
—55% of our participants had no experience creating tech projects before choosing ChickTech
—Participants who felt “confident” or “very confident” in their technology skills increased from 27% to 74%
—Participants who felt “informed” or “well informed” about technology increased from 46% to 91%
At the ChickTech Careers conference, ACT-W (Advancing the Careers of Women in Tech), 92% of attendees felt welcome, included, and represented, and plan to attend the following year.
Growth of ChickTech Programs