STEMing UP PROGRAM

Are you a BIPOC girl /gender non-conforming youth aged 13 – 17 and interested in computer science and technology?

If so, you have come to the right place. 

STEMing UP is our FREE 2-week opportunity for girls and gender non-conforming youth aged 13-17. 


In collaboration with Canada’s technology leading industry partners such as Okta, Rootquotient and 30 Forensics Engineering, STEMing UP Program aims to equip 13-17 year old BIPOC girls and gender non-conforming youth in Ontario with the confidence, skills, professional portfolios, and networks to pursue fulfilling careers in the STEM industries.

Our aim? To break down barriers and inspire teens to pursue higher education and careers in STEM. We seek not only to teach you technical knowledge, but also leadership and confidence.  Why? Because you belong in STEM! 

Deadline to apply is Friday, July 26, 2024 at 11:59pm.

 

The Gap in STEM:

Youth of all backgrounds possess incredible potential. So why do so few teens from underserved communities act on it? Typically, programs targeted at them are out of reach due to cost, distance, or a lack of industry support. As a result, many of these bright young minds are missing out. 

So how do we invite them back?

The Solution:

Our STEMing UP program creates a safe space for 13-17 year old BIPOC girls and gender non-conforming youth living in Ontario to help them learn and grow. Through thought-provoking project-based assignments, and an enriching peer-support network, our teens are empowered to carve their own path in STEM. 

Additionally, we offer networking and mentorship opportunities with educators, industry professionals and employers. 

How do you know it works?

  • Alumni have been accepted in post secondary education at Carleton, University of Toronto, Toronto Metropolitan, Western, Waterloo, & York Universities and Degree Co-op Program
  • Alumni are studying computer science, bioengineering, mathematics, business and technology & psychology
  • Alumni have won awards as CAN-WITH for Aspiration in Computing Award and participated and won at International level the MetroHacks, EmpowHer Hackathon
  • Alumni received internships and summer jobs in companies such as RBC, BMO and Shopify

About STEMing UP Program

Are you curious about participating in the STEMing UP program? Here is everything you need to know. 

Who is it for?

  • BIPOC girls & gender non-conforming youth in Ontario aged 13-17, who have a passion for computer science, technology and business but face barriers to accessing relevant learning opportunities

What do students learn?

Design thinking Coding   App-building Prototyping   Analytical thinking & problem-solving Business & leadership skills Pitching

How does the program support its young innovators?

  • Hosting exciting opportunities, such as a hackathon with prizes including 1 on 1 mentorship with industry professionals and job-shadowing opportunities with industry partners
  • A safe space to learn computer science and develop decision-making skills
  • Project-based assignments linked to the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals, in order to develop and produce a portfolio of work 
  • Mentorship on a portfolio, college application process and/or financial aid
  • Networking & mentorship opportunities with educators, industry professionals & employers
  • A peer-support network that will build confidence, friendship & learning momentum
  • Up to $100 WiFi allowance for low income participants
  • Volunteer hours provided upon request
  • Job shadowing and/or other awards offered to winning teams at the end of the program

When does it take place?

  • August 12-25, 2024

Where is it taking place?

  • We have a hybrid model, so students will work in teams and have the opportunity to attend virtual sessions and in-person team meetings.

What happens after the program finishes?

  • Alumni have the option to return for 2 years in the program, and are increasingly challenged with real-world problems set by mentors, and solved through skills developed in the program. 

Sign Up!

Deadline to Apply: July 26, 2024

A few reminders:

  • While our program is open to youth from all backgrounds, priority is given to low income, newcomer, BIPOC, 2LGBTQI+ youth and other underserved girls.
  • Include your phone number with your email (no school emails will be accepted).
  • We cannot accept incomplete submissions, so please ensure you complete the application fully. 
  • Check your emails regularly, as correspondence about STEMing UP is done through email. 
  • Please ensure you can commit to attending all classes and engage fully in the program activities. 

WHAT STUDENTS ARE SAYIN’

I can honestly say that this program taught me so much more than just coding! After leaving the program I walked through the world as an entrepreneur, critical thinker and a leader. I can look back at my summer with hEr VOLUTION and point it out to an important milestone in my personal and professional journey!

The program made me realize that stepping out of the box is important. Experiencing the program made me more confident and motivated to take on projects I’d be afraid of doing out of expected failure, and I feel grateful that I don’t think that way anymore.


*The challenges that participants will work on as a project for the program will be using the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 17 SDGs are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.


WE THANK ALL OF OUR SPONSORS FOR THEIR GENEROUS SUPPORT.

WE COULDN’T DO THIS WITHOUT YOU!

If your company is looking to invest in STEM opportunities for at-risk and underserved youth, please contact us for more details on our partnering opportunities.

PLATINUM PARTNERS

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SILVER PARTNERS

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BRONZE PARTNERS

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Program commences - August 12, 2024 

Week 1 
      • Mon - Fri - in class business and coding training (10 am - 4 pm)
      • Fri - Sat - hackathon - applied learning 
      • Sun - Pitching and Top 3 team selection - 10 am 
Week 2
    • Mon - Fri - tailored/independent training - learn at your own time 
    • Sat (24 hours) hackathon 
    • Sun - Demo Day/Winner Selection and Celebration 10 am 
Program ends on August 25, 2024
  • August 5, 2024

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