Computers for Youth, Folds of Honor, Npower and San Diego Women’s Hackathon & TechGirlz Chosen for Donations
Downers Grove, Ill. – CompTIA, the IT industry trade association, announced that its three industry advisory councils selected five charities to donate $30,000. The Creating IT Futures Foundation, the philanthropic arm of CompTIA, gives each member community and industry advisory council $10,000 with which to support one or two charities doing good works.
“This program demonstrates CompTIA’s core belief in giving back to local groups through philanthropy,” said Charles Eaton, CEO, Creating IT Futures. “Not only do these charitable donations bring positive awareness to CompTIA and selected charities, they can serve as a vehicle for individual engagement for our members.”
CompTIA’s Vendor Advisory Council (VAC) selected the San Diego Women’s Hackathon and TechGirlz to receive charitable contributions worth $5,000 each.
The San Diego Women’s Hackathon, a twice-annual, 12-hour event is open to all female students ages 16 and older as they work collaboratively in teams to design a website, game or mobile app that addresses a selected real-world challenge. With the help of CompTIA’s grant, the hackathon will begin offering a career fair, where corporate recruiters can talk with participants about internships and job opportunities. The contribution also helps underwrite the organization’s “future hackers” session offered to middle-school-aged girls, as well as transportation for girls living in low-income neighborhoods.
VAC member Rob T. Rae, vice president of business development at Datto, nominated TechGirlz, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering girls to become future technology leaders.
“We need to do a better job of encouraging women to enter and grow in the IT sector,” Rae said. “For me, the TechGirlz mission hits close to home because I have four phenomenal daughters. I want them to have every opportunity that their imagination and hard work can yield. But it’s also about more than wanting equal opportunities for my daughters. It’s just plain good business sense.”
TechGirlz offers workshops and summer camps for middle-aged girls. Their goal is to provide girls with fun, hands-on learning experiences with different forms of technology and to give them a chance to interact with women role models who have built successful careers within the IT industry.
CompTIA’s Partner Advisory Council (PAC) also selected TechGirlz as well as NPower to receive charitable contributions worth $5,000 each.
PAC member Scott Wilson, co-founder and CEO of Marathon Consulting, nominated NPower, a nonprofit organization that mobilizes the tech community and provides individuals, other nonprofits and schools opportunities to build tech skills and achieve their potential.
NPower has two signature programs: Its Technology Services Corps provides free technology and professional skills training to underserved young adults and veterans, with more than 80 percent pursuing college education or full-time employment within a year of graduating. Its Community Corps serves as a skills-based volunteer clearinghouse, connecting technology professionals who want to share their time with high-impact nonprofits and schools.
Patrick Cohen, director of NPower’s Technology Services Corps, said PAC’s $5,000 contribution would make a meaningful impact: “The grant will enable 25 students to obtain an industry-recognized certification, which will help them secure or advance in a position in the technology field.”
For Wilson, NPower’s mission hits close to home. “I am a high school dropout and college dropout, so I’ve always wanted to help those who are smart, but may not have had opportunities or don’t perform well in a structured school environment,” Wilson said. “We were introduced to NPower a few years ago and through the program, we’ve brought in some of our company’s best engineers. NPower graduates are great people who work hard, and most continue to study so they can advance their careers.”
CompTIA’s Telecom Advisory Council (TAC) selected Folds of Honor and Computers for Youth to receive charitable contributions worth $5,000 each.
TAC member Craig Schlagbaum, vice president of indirect channels at Comcast Business, nominated Folds of Honor after hearing its CEO, Major Dan Rooney, speak at a conference.
“It really touched me, everything they are doing to help military families get back on their feet after losing a loved one in combat, or having someone return home from combat permanently disabled,” Schlagbaum said. “The money goes for scholarships so spouses and children of deceased or disabled veterans can attend college and get the education and training they need to financially support their families.”
According to Folds of Honor, 90 percent of the one million-plus spouses and children adversely affected by a loved one’s deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan do not qualify for federal scholarship assistance. In addition to providing scholarships, Folds of Honor also helps children in grades K-12 attend educational summer camps.
Computers for Youth helps students, families and teachers in low-income communities harness the power of digital learning to improve educational outcomes. Computers for Youth pursues this mission with its groundbreaking K-12 learning platform, www.PowerMyLearning.Org, as well as its direct service initiative, the CFY Digital Learning Program. Computers for Youth has demonstrated tangible results impact on student achievement, student engagement, parent confidence and broadband adoption.
CompTIA’s other 11 member communities will be selecting more charities this year with each community having $10,000 to donate. CompTIA members can get involved in the annual selection process by joining any of CompTIA’s member communities and industry advisory councils.
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a non-profit trade association serving as the voice of the information technology industry. With approximately 2,000 member companies, 3,000 academic and training partners and more than two million IT certifications issued, CompTIA is dedicated to advancing industry growth through educational programs, market research, networking events, professional certifications and public policy advocacy. To learn more, visit CompTIA online, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
About the Creating IT Futures Foundation
As the philanthropic arm of CompTIA, the Creating IT Futures Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charity with the mission of helping populations under-represented in the information technology industry and individuals who are lacking in opportunity to prepare for, secure and be successful in IT careers. Learn more at CreatingITFutures.org.
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