As part of the commitment, CA Technologies will make a $1,000,000 contribution to Boys & Girls Clubs of America over two years to deliver inspiring programs to tween and teen girls. Tech Girls Rock will aim to empower and inspire girls to discover an interest in technology, and ultimately, tech-related educational and career opportunities. Boys & Girls Clubs of America serves four million youth through Club membership and community outreach annually, of which 45 percent are female youth. The organization’s education strategy is focused on introducing Club members to activities designed to provide fun experiences that are hands-on, interactive and intentionally develop critical thinking or other skills.
“CA Technologies is proud to be included as a member of the Clinton Global Initiative,” said Russell M. Artzt, vice chairman and co-founder of CA Technologies. “The Tech Girls Rock initiative, in partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, is a step toward addressing critical social needs in the areas of jobs and career development, as well as empowering girls and women. There are many studies and statistics demonstrating a lack of female workers in the technology industry. Issues like this are important to CA Technologies and we are happy to make this commitment to help educate and inspire young women about the wide ranging opportunities in the high-tech industry.”
In conjunction with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Tech Girls Rock will feature innovative workshops held in Clubs across the country. The workshops will include career exploration panels with technology workers who will share their own stories and experiences. Participants will also engage in discussions on key trends and topics in IT and will participate in technology-focused challenges and projects.
”Over the years we continue to see the vital role technology plays in the lives of our youth,” said Roxanne Spillett, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “Tech Girls Rock is an opportunity to introduce young women and girls to new horizons and support their potential for a great future in the technology field. We are pleased to have CA Technologies join us in fostering the interests of our youth and opening the door to new possibilities.”
This commitment evolved from a long-standing partnership between CA Technologies and Boys & Girls Clubs of America and will incorporate two core CA Technologies focus areas: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and the Advancement of Women in IT.
Tech Girls Rock is part of Boys & Girls Clubs of America‘s strategy aimed at ensuring all members graduate from high school on time, are equipped for a post-secondary education and a 21st-century career.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (www.bgca.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, nearly 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs serve some 4 million children and teens through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native American lands throughout the country and on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta.
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About the Clinton Global Initiative
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Since 2005, CGI Annual Meetings have brought together nearly 150 current and former heads of state, 18 Nobel Prize laureates, hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations, major philanthropists, directors of the most effective nongovernmental organizations, and prominent members of the media. These CGI members have made more than 2,000 commitments, which have already improved the lives of 300 million people in more than 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued in excess of $63 billion. The 2011 Annual Meeting will take place Sept. 20-22 in New York City.