Developing Curriculum for High Schoolers to Learn IT
Little Black Pearl Program Video
Creating IT Futures is pleased to have worked since 2018 within a local Chicago high school to develop an IT training after-school program. The goal of the program was to encourage more young women and teens of color to get on a tech career pathway.
A two-year endeavor, the program functioned within the school’s Best Buy Teen Tech Center at Little Black Pearl Academy, a high school on the southside of Chicago. Here students can access technological tools, resources and opportunities; develop self-confidence; and gain valuable skills through the use of technology.
Teens who attended the after-school program were exposed to a variety of IT curricula including:
- Hard-skills training in CompTIA IT Fundamentals Certification
- Soft-skills training
- Field trips to local employers
- Workshops on resume skills and interviewing
Providing Teens with Summer Internships
One of the goals of the program was to place students who were highly engaged into internships with local companies in IT roles, in an effort to advance their experience and learning in information technology subject matter and provide valuable work experience. All students who requested summer internships received one and reported positive experiences with their internships, and many of those students requested to continue with the program.
Students from Chicago’s Little Black Pearl Academy blended music, visual arts and tech skills during a summer internship with the creative media company, YEP Nation, to learn that artists can be technologists, too.
Curriculum Tool Kit
This pilot program was run by Creating IT Futures and resulted in development of a tool kit that will serve as a model for curriculum planning for after-school programs across the U.S. By combining IT training with hands-on experiences and field trips, we hope to continuously improve on how technology training and exposure are delivered to teens and build out programs that can reach even more young people.
If you are interested in learning more about our teen curriculum development, or in partnering with us to sponsor or develop your own program, please contact us to learn more.