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TeENS WANT
A CAREER,
NOT JUST A JOB


Almost 90 percent of teens feel that they could succeed in an IT career

OCTOBER 2014

Understanding the big-picture goals of young people is essential if we are to communicate the value of tech careers in ways that resonate with them and their primary influencers: their parents.

As we wrap up coverage of the recent surveys conducted among urban teens and parents, we turn our focus to what we can learn from both groups – that IT is both a desirable and misunderstood career path. However, many positives are apparent: most teens expressed positive perceptions of IT, associating it with good pay, helping people and interesting work. Moreover, almost 90 percent of teens feel they could be successful in an IT career.

Read on.

Youth: "We can do IT"


In a recent in-depth study, nearly all of the minority teenagers surveyed said they want a career — not just a job. They also want to learn new things all the time. To which the IT industry would respond, that sounds great! We can offer just that; come pursue a career with us.  

Delve into more survey findings. 

IT-Ready Helps Marine Veteran Find Work Closer to Home

After eight years of military service, Cha Yang was ready to put down roots closer to home. IT-Ready provided the necessary training to grow his new career.

Read more about Cha's journey with IT-Ready.

Who Are the Opportunity Youth?

It’s never been tougher for young people to get a foothold in an upwardly mobile career. About 6.7 million of these “opportunity youth” (a term often used to refer to youth ages 16 to 24) are neither in school nor a job. But our economy – and our country – could be a whole lot stronger if it put the most able-bodied to good use? Here's how some organizations are working to do just that.

Read more about these opportunity youth and how to help.

Wells Fargo Supports IT-Ready in
Twin Cities

IT-Ready Mpls. / St. Paul was honored to receive a $20,000 grant from Wells Fargo Bank to help open a permanent facility. Wells Fargo officials, IT-Ready students, and Creating IT Futures staff and board of directors were all on hand for this energizing moment.

Read more about Wells Fargo's donation.

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Leading Financial Technology


Creating IT Futures Foundation Board Member Joe Squeri recognizes the value and importance of technology in building a successful organization.  

Graduate Testimonial


"Thank you. Not just for allowing me the opportunity to participate in the Creating IT Futures program but for your hard work in helping put the program together and removing the hurdles that people would otherwise face if the program weren't there. Yesterday I received a job offer; today I officially accepted it. I'm excited to start this next chapter in a field that I love. Working on a platform that I believe in, helping people who are seeking to better themselves. I look forward to the challenges, to both learn and grow my skill-set."

– Kevin Doyle, IT-Ready Graduate

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The Creating IT Futures Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity, was established in 1998 by CompTIA, the global IT industry association, as a way to help people improve their lives through IT careers.

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We help populations that are under-represented in IT and individuals who are lacking in opportunity to prepare for, secure and be successful in IT careers.

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