ITWomen Role Model Speakers (RMS) Program
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Closing the gender gap in technology: encouraging young women to enter technology fields.
The ITWomen Role Model Speakers Program (RMS) is an integral program for ITWomen. Our mission is “to encourage young women in middle school and high school to enter the fields of Technology and Engineering, in order to reach their full potential and to make inroads to closing the gender gap in these fields”. These students empowered with the knowledge of existing Technology and Engineering careers, the opportunity to participate in corporate internship programs and the availability of Scholarship funds.
How Can You Help?
Donate to support the Role Models Speakers Program 501(c)3. (Tax Deductible)
Who Are the Role Models?
The Role Model Speakers are ITWomen members and/or constituents - You! Sharing your expertise and experience with local middle school and high school students who are considering or are being introduced to IT careers is a great way to personally make a difference and to support ITWomen. You can volunteer as much or a little time as you are available – you will make a difference in a girl’s life with just one Role Model Session – it is contagious you will want to be involved!
How Does the RMS Program Work?
For each partner there is a Role Model Speakers session once every three months. Each session is about an hour long. The sessions may be on the school site, our Partner’s facility, or conducted through video conferencing. The topics are usually chosen by the students and can vary from Careers in Technology, How to use technology, to Resume writing and Interviewing skills. There is an evaluation conducted at the end of each session. This assists us in delivering the best program possible for the students.
Become an ITWomen Role Model
To make a difference in a young girl’s life become an ITWomen Role Model Speaker! Contact Sherry Giordano if you have questions.
Who are the ITWomen Partners?
ITWomen is able to reach our target audience through Partnerships forged with nonprofit organizations who serve young women between the ages of 8-18. The majority of our female students come from inner-city homes and schools.
ITWomen Role Model Speakers Program’s 2009 Partners:
Academy of Information Technology Schools
(Miami-Dade and Broward Counties)
Mission: The Academy of Information Technology (AOIT) has one primary goal – the provision of superior education and training in Information Technology. The training obtained at AOIT provides students and professionals alike with the skills to succeed in the Information Technology industry.
AOIT Miami-Dade: http://choice.dadeschools.net
AOIT Broward: www.CTACE.com
Take Stock In Children
(Miami-Dade and Broward Counties)
Mission: Take Stock in Children is a school-based, Florida-wide comprehensive mentoring and scholarship program whose mission is to break the cycle of poverty and academic failure for low-income, at-risk children. Currently more than 7,500 children participate statewide, more than 400 from Miami-Dade County’s poorest neighborhoods.
Women of Tomorrow
(Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties)
Mission: The Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program (WOT) inspires, motivates and empowers at-risk young women to live up to their full potential through mentoring by highly accomplished professional women and scholarship opportunities.
PACE Center for Girls
Mission: PACE provides girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy.
Mission: GEMS, which stands for Girls Educated and Motivated for Success is a program at North Miami Beach Senior High School whose mission is to prepare and empower at-risk young women for successful and productive roles in society by providing educational experiences in career, communication, social and life skills.
Mission: Florida Girls Get IT is a partnership between Cisco Systems, Inc., the Florida Community College System and the Florida Distance Learning Consortium to create gender equity in the areas of Information Technology (IT) and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
Mission: The mission of Belafonte TACOLCY Center, Inc. (BTC) is to provide a safe environment where children and families are encouraged to explore life’s options, making positive choices that strengthen self and community.
Big Brothers Big Sisters (Broward County)
Mission: To provide:
- Professionally supported one-to-one matches
- A Big for every child who needs and wants one
- Societal impact on the children, schools, and communities
Miami Christian School
Miami Christian School, in educational partnership with parents, challenges young men and women to know Jesus as Lord, to achieve their fullest academic and physical potential, and to impact a diverse world with character and leadership.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools Ambassadors, BTE
New training program for female students to become IT ambassadors in each of the school districts' regions. ITWomen Role Models offer the presentation training. The students are then asked to attend articulation meeting in their region to explain the IT program and try to encourage female involvement.