Thanks to a significant gift from AT&T, WNY STEM Hub will launch a new program this summer called AT&T Coding Your Future. This will be a two-week (10-session) computer training class exclusively for high-school aged girls who are new Americans living in Western New York.

AT&T Coding Your Future is 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 website that will be an online repository of their insights and reflections as new Americans, with remembrances of their homeland, and stories about their journey here.

Each day will also feature daily conversation/instruction on what to expect from American college, acclimating to American culture, appropriate workplace expectations/behaviors, and issues of empowerment. Special guests – other women who have similar life experiences – will lead WNY STEM Café conversations with the teens. Lorna Czarnota and Karima Amin will instruct the students on the art of storytelling.

WNY STEM Hub is pleased to partner with:

  • SUNY Buffalo State Research & Development, our host sponsor;
  • Buffalo Urban League;
  • Journey’s End Refugee Services, Inc.; and

Registration is free, and is limited to 30 young women, ages 13-19.

WNY STEM facilitates collaboration to advance the interdisciplinary teaching and learning of STEM/STEAM for sustained economic and intellectual vitality.

For more information, contact Cherie Messore, Executive Director