The event will highlight the expansion of Tech Girls Rock, a 2011 CGI America Commitment to Action by CA Technologies created in partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA).
Tech Girls Rock takes aim at the declining rate of women who are pursuing degrees in tech-related fields (12 percent of computer science graduates in 2012 compared to 37 percent in 1985, according to the National Center for Women in Technology) and matriculation into the technology workforce. The U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that women make up 58 percent of the U.S. workforce, but only 25 percent of the computing workforce.
CA Technologies CEO Mike Gregoire touted Tech Girls Rock as one of the many ways the company is working to encourage young women to discover an interest in STEM-related educational and career opportunities.
“CA Technologies is committed to promoting gender diversity and actively supports the advancement of women in technology through partnerships and programs like our Tech Girls Rock initiative with Boys & Girls Clubs of America,” Gregoire said. “This is not just an issue for women, but an incredibly important factor in driving growth and development in the IT industry.”
At the workshops, tween and teen participants engage in hands-on, technology-focused challenges and activities to encourage creativity, and work closely with CA Technologies employee volunteers.
“Building excitement for Club youth around STEM subjects is a top priority for Boys & Girls Clubs of America,” said Jim Clark, President & CEO, BGCA. “Through programs like our Tech Girls Rock initiative with CA Technologies we are providing young women with an opportunity to engage with technology in a fun and interactive environment, pairing them with IT professionals who can share their personal experiences and provide encouragement.”
Tech Girls Rock evolved from a long-standing partnership between CA Technologies and BGCA and incorporates two core focus areas for CA Technologies: the advancement of STEM learning for underserved youth and the advancement of women in IT.
BGCA serves nearly four million youth through Club membership and community outreach annually, of which 45 percent are young women. Tech Girls Rock is part of BGCA‘s strategy aimed at ensuring all members graduate from high school on time and are equipped for a post-secondary education and a 21st-century career.
Since Tech Girls Rock kicked off, CA Technologies employees have led workshops at BGCA locations in Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Bellevue, WA; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Las Vegas, NV; Manassas, VA; New York, NY; Plano, TX; Raleigh, NC; San Jose, CA; San Francisco, CA; Saint Paul, MN; San Jose, CA; Scottsdale, AZ; and Tampa, FL (photos at links).
CA Technologies has partnered with BGCA since 2005 and provided more than $10 million in monetary and software contributions.
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About CGI America
The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. Established in June 2011 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) addresses economic recovery in the United States. CGI America brings together leaders in business, government, and civil society to generate and implement commitments to create jobs, stimulate economic growth, foster innovation, and support workforce development in the United States. Since its first meeting, CGI America participants have made more than 400 commitments, which have improved the lives of nearly 1.4 million people.
CGI also convenes an Annual Meeting, which brings together global leaders to take action and create positive social change, CGI University (CGI U), which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges in their community or around the world, and, this year, CGI will also convene CGI Middle East & Africa, which will bring together leaders across sectors to take action on pressing social, economic, and environmental challenges. For more information, visit clintonglobalinitiative.org and follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at facebook.com/clintonglobalinitiative.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,100 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, 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. Learn more at bgca.org/facebook and bgca.org/twitter.