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  • Why do young women need outreach? Women are different; we think different Different thoughts need different inspirations Society places alternate paths and pressures in front of women as they come of age Not to stand out Not to be too smart, too loud, too anything Near 12-13 years of age, young girls’ “Doctor” dreams frequently turn to “Nurse” dreams… “Nerd” image
  • “ Given the emerging picture of what IT is expected to deliver, the gender imbalance is going to put these departments in a really weak position.”
  • We know there is confusion about what science and technology careers mean and encompass

    1. 1. I G N I T E
    2. 2. IGNITE I nspiring G irls N ow i n T echnology E volution
    3. 3. IGNITE – Who we are We are a community of girls and women who dream big dreams… Cathi Rodgveller, M.S., Ed
    4. 4. Our Mission <ul><li>To inspire young women to consider Science, Technology and Engineering as a positive career choice. </li></ul>
    5. 5. Why IGNITE is needed <ul><li>From 2000-2006, women in network & computer systems administrator positions decreased 29% </li></ul><ul><li>From 1996-2004, the number of women employed in IT decreased by 23% </li></ul><ul><li>In 2004, women received only 17% of the undergrad IT degrees awarded </li></ul><ul><li>In 2006, women held only 2% of the CIO positions in California’s 200 largest public companies </li></ul>There are not enough women in Science, Technology and Engineering
    6. 6. Why Women are Needed <ul><li>Different creativity/thought processes </li></ul><ul><li>More women in the mix provides: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Full use of collective intelligence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multidimensional science and technology </li></ul></ul><ul><li>More innovations in the areas of </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Medicine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Engineering </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. What keeps women away <ul><li>Lack of female role models </li></ul><ul><li>Perception of technology as being competitive rather than collaborative </li></ul><ul><li>“ Nerd” Image </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of exposure for K-12 teachers & counselors </li></ul><ul><li>Insufficient efforts to attract women to careers in technology and science </li></ul>
    8. 8. IGNITE is the answer <ul><li>Elicits almost immediate changes in girls’ perceptions of technology careers </li></ul><ul><li>Provides strong role models who reflect local demographics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A good example goes a long way in a girl’s life </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Offers hands-on opportunities at local technology companies </li></ul><ul><li>Since 2000, more than 10,000 young women have participated in IGNITE events. </li></ul><ul><li>Today, girls claim an average of 40% of the seats in IT classes in the Seattle Public Schools. </li></ul>
    9. 9. How IGNITE works <ul><li>Personal Presentations are the HEART of IGNITE </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Other Activities: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Continued participation by the girls </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Field Trips </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Job Shadows & Internships </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Coaching on ‘next steps’ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mentoring </li></ul></ul></ul>
    10. 10. What makes IGNITE unique <ul><li>Within the school curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Long-term involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Local resources / global community </li></ul><ul><li>Lowest cost </li></ul><ul><li>Reproducible </li></ul><ul><li>Ready today! </li></ul>
    11. 11. IGNITE Successes to Date Spring 2002: Cisco Gender Initiative Award, + $25,000 cash award 2002 - 2003: Girls outnumber boys in two of three technology classes at Ingraham High Summer 2004: 66% of high school internships at Microsoft filled by IGNITE girls 2006 - 2007: - IGNITE Toolkit is Published - Idaho brings IGNITE to 50 schools - Schools in Accra, Ghana adopt IGNITE - IGNITE receives top national Award from Programs and Practices that Work project
    12. 12. What’s next for IGNITE <ul><li>Procure funding </li></ul><ul><li>Bring IGNITE to every high school in America </li></ul><ul><li>Create world wide non-profit org </li></ul><ul><li>Initiate next phase… International </li></ul>
    13. 13. What you can do to help <ul><li>Tell your school districts about the IGNITE opportunity </li></ul><ul><li>- Cost of membership and the start-up kit qualifies for Carl Perkins funding </li></ul><ul><li>- Immediate support available from Cathi at [email_address] </li></ul>
    14. 14. THANK YOU! <ul><li>Cathi Rodgveller, M.S. Ed. </li></ul><ul><li>Founder and Executive Director </li></ul><ul><li>IGNITE </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.ignite-us.org </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.igniteworldwide.org </li></ul>