Ford gives MCWT $25K to spark middle school girls’ interest in IT

DETROIT — The Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation announced it had received $25,000 from the Ford Motor Co. Fund to help grow middle school girls’ technology interest.

The money will fund a new program called Girls Solve IT and further drive the nonprofit’s operational efficiencies.During its first year, MCWT expects Girls Solve IT to contact 200 students in grades five through eight. Teams of three to five girls will complete three quests during a six-week period before competing statewide with peers.

“MCWT’s strategy is to broadly attract girls to consider technology and deeply connect with those that choose an IT path,” said Kim Cross, MCWT Foundation development director. “Ford’s generous support aligns perfectly with our approach, enabling us to inspire more girls at a young age. This is a target group for us as this is typically when interest in STEM subjects can begin to wane.”

The Girls Solve IT program provides girls with an opportunity to collaborate in a fun, interactive and hands-on manner to explore and learn more about technology.

“Inspiring young minds and encouraging students of all backgrounds to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics is a priority for us,” said Yisel Cabrera, government and community relations manager at the Ford Fund. “We are excited to join the Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation in promoting a technology path for girls and building a diverse talent pipeline.”

MCWT programs include summer technology camps, Girl Scouts collaborations, high school IT clubs, website design competitions, robotics programs, scholarships, internships, mentoring and networking – all executed with a small staff and hundreds of skilled volunteers who believe in its vision of making Michigan the No. 1 state for women in IT. MCWT’s network includes 750 members, 380 volunteers and 90 partners united through a mission to inspire and grow women in technology.

The Ford Motor Co. Fund is the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Co. Established in 1949, the Ford Fund invests in innovative, transformational programs that empower people to take control of their lives and contribute to overall community prosperity. The Ford Fund works with local and global partners to create opportunities that advance education, promote safe driving, enlist employee volunteers and enrich community life. Ford Fund’s signature programs include Ford Blue Oval Scholars, Ford College Community Challenge, Ford Driving Dreams, Ford Driving Skills for Life, Ford Next Generation Learning and the Ford Volunteer Corps. For more information, visit http://community.ford.com.

The Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation’s vision is to make Michigan the No. 1 state for women in technology. The organization supports Michigan’s female IT workforce, students, corporate partners, schools and the overall community with programming, scholarships, networking, learning, mentoring, and technology experiences. Find mor

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