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Tech Girls Rock!

February 29, 2012 02:35 AM
A CA Technologies employee discusses technology trends with female Club members.
Workshop Makes Tech Appealing to "Tween" and Teen Girls
If only there were an "app" to harness the enthusiasm for technology of more than 100 Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago girls who recently attended a workshop focused on technology careers.  In fact, these young women just may develop it!
The girls from ages 9 to 18, participated in a day-long Tech Girls Rock workshop on January 27 at the Gen. Robert E. Wood Club with employee professionals from CA Technologies who brought them closer to technology trends and topics and inspired them to consider technology careers. The workshop included girls from the Gen. Wood Club, Little Village Club and Louis L. Valentine Club.
The Tech Girls Rock initiative is a partnership between Boys & Girls Clubs of America and CA Technologies to empower girls to discover and cultivate an interest in technology and explore tech-related educational opportunities and careers.  As part of its commitment, CA Technologies made a $1 million contribution to Boys & Girls Clubs of America over the next two years to deliver innovative and inspiring learning opportunities to "tween" and teen girls at Boys & Girls Clubs across the country.  In addition, CA Technologies employees participate in workshop events at Boys & Girls Clubs, donating their time to provide expertise and real-world experience.
The day began with a career exploration panel with women technology professionals who shared their own experiences and engaged in small group discussions on key IT trends and topics.   Members were engaged throughout the day with fun filled high-yield activities such as a career mentoring workshop, photo scavenger hunts, PC Challenges as well as a dance-off with 103.5 Kiss FM on-air personality Angi Taylor (103.5 Kiss FM).  Even Mayor Rahm Emanuel proclaimed January 27th, 2012, to be Tech Girls Rock Day in Chicago.  CA Technologies also awarded the Gen. Robert E. Wood Club a $10,000 grant to help fund technology programs at the Club.
"By using the power of technology, Tech Girls Rock aims to engage and excite these girls about the many opportunities and benefits a career in the IT industry can provide," said George Fischer, executive vice president, worldwide sales and operations for CA Technologies. "Many studies show there is a need for more diversity and women leaders in the technology industry, which is why it’s important for CA Technologies to support and foster an interest in IT early on for young women."
"We are consistently expanding ways to encourage education and promote promising career opportunities to young people who may not have easy access to role models and mentors," said Jim Keane, Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago President and CEO.  "This new tech initiative made possible by CA Technologies and Boys & Girls Clubs of America was a fun, hands-on and interactive way to inspire our young women to consider their future, develop their skills and grab opportunities for great futures in the technology field." 
In fact, 11-year-old Angelica from the Gen. Wood Club said, "I have wanted to be an IT person since I was in third grade.  The women professionals showed me so many different technology careers that I never even knew were possible."
Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago serves nearly 10,000 youth each year through its 16 Clubs.  Nearly half of the members are female.  Tech Girls Rock is part of Boys & Girls Clubs of America‘s strategy aimed at ensuring all members graduate from high school on time and are equipped for a post-secondary education and a 21st-century career.