Thanks to a significant gift from AT&T, WNY STEM Hub launched a new program in July, 2018 called AT&T Coding Your Future. This two-week (10-session) computer training class was exclusively for high-school aged girls who are new Americans living in Western New York.
AT&T Coding Your Future was a unique opportunity to introduce female youth enrolled in or entering high school to basic computer knowledge and use, particularly related to computer coding. This is significant on two levels: these young women may have recently resettled in Buffalo from countries of origin where learning opportunities for young women are limited. Mastering technology skills will open their eyes to a world of education that may have been denied to them. Secondly, learning about computer coding will also put them on a pathway for continued education and employment with in-demand occupations that are growing in the Buffalo area.
The end result of this class is a a page on this website that is an online repository of their insights and reflections as new Americans, with remembrances of their homeland, and stories about their journey here. Their stories are beautiful.
Each day included a conversation/instruction on what to expect from American college, acclimating to American culture, appropriate workplace expectations/behaviors, and issues of empowerment. Special guests – othern women who have similar life experiences – will led WNY STEM Café conversations with the teens. Lorna Czarnota and Karima Amin instructed the students on the art of storytelling.
WNY STEM Hub was pleased to partner with:
- SUNY Buffalo State Research & Development, our host sponsor;
- Buffalo Urban League;
- Journey’s End Refugee Services, Inc.;
- MISSION Ignite Powered by Computers for Children; and