When it comes to getting teens interested in the tech industry, parents and educators have many questions about how best to get ahead. Are you pushing your child to build a computer? Do you opt for the multi-thousand dollar boot camps or are there inexpensive options? How could you get an internship or an apprenticeship as a teenager?
But fear not, it turns out that there are plenty of options for tech-savvy teens (over 15 to be precise) at DMV. Whether taking the initiative in class, after school or during the summer vacation, DC offers a wealth of options for young people who are interested in STEM areas or who are thinking about a career in programming.
Find out who’s making waves and preparing kids for a future in technology below:
A partnership with the Consumer Technology Association The national after-school club has many technical offers for children and young people under its belt. Members can find out more about STEM areas as well as energy and urban infrastructure. Plus, Comcast tricked his digital lab in Benning Road NE a few years ago with a $ 100,000 makeover as part of a five-year digital literacy campaign.
This national program offers programs for young black girls in the fields of AI, robotics, virtual reality, app and web design, blockchain and 3D printing. His DC chapter has been going strong since 2015, introducing over 600 girls to programming and STEM programs annually, according to the BGC. Plus, Melody on September 18th for a 101 class in Python 1 for DMV girls ages 13-17.
Founded by an IT pro and DC native Tennisha Martin, Black Girls Hack offers cybersecurity resources, workshops, and training programs. In addition, it enables a mentoring program to connect aspiring cybersecurity experts with representatives from this field.
With its IRL Museum in the Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax, Virginia, its exhibits allow children to learn and try out all of the different aspects of science and technology. But also events, camps and programs for schools, preschools as well as virtual and personal offers for families and students (you can also use the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore).
Part of DCs City bridge Program, CityWorks offers a three-year paid training program in information technology, business administration and financial services in collaboration with local technology companies. In the second year the organization expanded to include 45 DMV students.
In addition to its software offerings, H Street’s web design company Clearly Innovative runs educational programs for adults and children. Schools can participate in an educational curriculum that teaches the basics of development, entrepreneurship and design through extra-curricular programs and summer camps for students of all ages. Dedicated younger adults can also sign up for their “deep dive” programming in the areas of startup principles, user experience, software development, and product management.
The Northwest DC company offers over 50 courses in web and mobile app development. Computer, programming and technology training as well as six-week bootcamps for teenagers and adults. Students can sign up for online courses or join one of the HSTS’s local partnerships with institutions like DCs HashFlow, Maya Angelou Public Charter Schools and The Linux Foundation, among other. It also offers scholarships for its courses, ranging from 25% off to tuition free, and hopes to add more partnerships in the coming months.
In 2020, GSNC added four new badges in science and technology. Girls can now earn a badge in Entrepreneurship, STEM Career Research, Automotive Engineering, and Civics.
Designed to bridge the gender gap in the tech industry, Girls Who Code has a huge presence in DC helping women and girls interested in getting into the industry. The national non-profit organization has 19 locations in the DMV section, plus free options for the home, with lessons in CSS, HTML and Python.
As a nonprofit that aims to encourage students to address social change, LearnServe offers a variety of opportunities to use entrepreneurship practices and innovations to alleviate social problems. Interested young people can take part in a scholarship program, an incubator, a study trip abroad and a school curriculum for educators for middle and high school students in the DMV.
The organization, based in Dulles, Virigina, works with local schools for technical training, particularly IT and cybersecurity offerings, to prepare students for working life. With an overall goal of adding 100,000 young black and brown technologists to the workforce by 2030, it plans to add an additional 10,000 members nationwide by the end of 2021.
founder Gerald Moore sr. hopes the program will help provide students with skills to ensure they can achieve the careers they seek.
“How many millions of kids are getting through school and their counselors tell them they can’t because you haven’t studied math and physics and chemistry by the time you graduate?” Moore told Technical.ly in June. “So many of us don’t believe we have the opportunity to do so … We will dispel this myth.”
This annual event is designed to help generate interest in STEM in children of all ages and backgrounds. This year’s event will take place from October 15th to November 14th with a special focus on job creation.
Since its inception in 2013, On-Ramps to Careers has worked with local high school students to offer internship opportunities with local technology companies. The six-week summer program, which made 200 paid internships possible for black students in 2020, also offers on-site check-ins and additional on-site training. It currently offers internships (as well as resume creation and interview preparation) in the areas of networking and hardware, digital media, computer programming, cybersecurity and web design.
The national non-profit organization Per Scholas provides career support, financial services, networking, and general resource offerings for those pursuing careers in technology. At its location in Silver Spring, Maryland, it offers free training programs and certifications in IT support, cybersecurity and Re / start of Amazon Web Services, with personal and remote options.
With roots at home, ProjectCSGirls provides engineering and social good classes for middle school girls. The national nonprofit is headquartered in DC, with high school and college students running local chapters. If your child is just getting into the technical game, ProjectCS offers introductory workshops every year as well as a national competition where students can apply what they have learned.
This program from the Capital CoLab of the Greater Washington Partnership aims to fill a skills gap for employers in the DC, Baltimore and Richmond area, with a focus on increasing the number of women and BIPOC professionals in the technology sector. To get there, it is working with educators, local governments and employers in these regions to develop digital and technical skills in schools and tailor a curriculum to company needs for their future employees. As part of its work with college students, the company recently launched a $ 5 million digital technology certificate scholarship program to support this work, with a goal of supporting 2,000 students by 2025.
TIC Camp in Annandale, Virginia hosts two-week programs for local students each summer. Campers can choose from courses in computer programming, digital art and graphic design, animation, and the technical side of filmmaking, music and photography. In the past, programs in the areas of circuitry and robotics have also been offered.
In the future, executives want to include programs that enable children to build their own computers, work with drones, and integrate Minecraft modding.
“The nice thing about our courses is that we actually tailor the project to each child based on their interests …” Director of Operations Daniel Morais said Technical.ly. “This ability to sit in the driver’s seat ultimately provides passion and contributes to your success.”