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December 15, 2020

Amy Cliett, director of TechGirlz, a program of Creating IT Futures, is honored for her work

Amy Cliett, the director of TechGirlz, recently was selected by the Pennsylvania Conference for Women and Target to be featured in their Women’s Stories of Hope and Celebration.

 

Amy was one of only five women to receive this honor.

 

She received the award in recognition of her work at TechGirlz, educating and inspiring middle school girls to explore career possibilities offered in technology. TechGirlz is a nonprofit program of Creating IT Futures, a workplace charity founded by CompTIA.

 

TechGirlz: Just for girls

 

TechGirlz offers middle-school-aged girls fun opportunities to explore technology in a safe and supportive environment that prominently features women tech mentors.

 

TechGirlz accomplishes this through free and interactive “TechShopz” led by industry professionals, community leaders, and students. TechGirlz’s vision is to create a world where girls can experience lifelong passion and confidence when using technology throughout their careers.

 

Amy was nominated for the award for leading her TechGirlz team as they transitioned what previously were in-person events into online programming. Within a matter of four days, TechGirlz made virtual all of its activities and curricula — rescuing in the process 75 workshops, four week-long camps, and more than 50 workshop meetings that otherwise would have been canceled because of the pandemic.

 

Since that time, the TechGirlz team has conducted 262 virtual workshops involving more than 6,200 teens.

 

TechGirlz reveals technology’s reward and potential to a broad audience

 

Amy began her career as an operations manager at a number of well-known brands, including The Franklin Mint and ServiceMaster. But driven to expand her skills and pursue her personal passion, Amy became a self-taught web designer and launched a business teaching tech to young people. From this, she developed a reputation as a “hacktivist” committed to inspiring a future generation of technologists.

 

Today, Amy leads the expansion of TechGirlz and Women In Tech Summit, both programs of Creating IT Futures, to new communities around the country.  

 

TechGirlz’s free and open-sourced technology courses can be used by anyone to inspire curiosity, impart confidence and build community among young women. 

 

Visit https://www.techgirlz.org/volunteer/ to learn more about TechGirlz workshops as well as volunteer opportunities. 

 

Corporate donations make our work through TechGirlz possible

 

One of the goals of Creating IT Futures is to help diversify the tech industry — attracting more women and people of color so the industry reflects proportionately and accurately on who we are as a society. Learn more about our diversity vision here.

 

Women are instrumental to our mission being successful. Data from the National Science Foundation shows that between 2004 and 2014, the number of women graduating with a bachelor’s degree in computer science declined.

 

Today, women make up nearly 50 percent of America’s workforce — but they hold less than 25 percent of STEM-related jobs.

 

Amy and her team at TechGirlz are working diligently to turn those numbers around. When corporations and organizations contribute to Creating IT Futures, they support this work.

 

If your organization or corporation would like more information about how to partner with TechGirlz, please contact us.

 

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