Tech U: Youth Technology Training

Tech UTech U is a group of youth programs at the Urban League that focus on academic improvement, enhancing aspirations and developing career goals through technology.  At Tech U, African American youth engage in computer programming, social media and other creative uses of technology.  If you have a creative interest in technology, Tech U is a great place to start.  The programs help underrepresented students participate and contribute to the Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) fields.  Many African American youth do not know their career options in STEM fields and believe the subject is beyond their reach.  Tech U programs are designed to address the divide that exists for African American youth by increasing participation in STEM activities, particularly computer programming and technology.

Programs include:

  • Build Your “A” Game
  • Techno Teens
  • Digital Connectors
  • STEM Girlz

To learn more about Tech U, contact (412)227-4166.

Techno Teens

Techno Teen participants engage in highly interactive hands-on activities to gain the skills necessary to create their own unique video game and marketing presentation.  Youth gain exposure to careers in computer programming and technology.  Techno Teens is listed as the “best practice for career exploration” by the Penn State University Department of Human Development and Family Studies (Engaging Youth in Career Programming during Out of School Time Guide).  The program runs year-round and takes place at the Urban League’s Downtown Headquarters.  During the school year, meetings are held on Mondays and Tuesdays from 3:30 to 6:30.  Click here for an application.

Build Your “A” Game

Build Your “A” Game is a Techno Teens program that encourages middle and high school age youth to consider a career in computer programming. Participants are exposed to career industries and are motivated to succeed in academics.  Build Your “A” Game is offered in partnership with Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) in a free summer program which runs from July 1 through August.  For more information call, 412-227-4166.

Digital Connectors

In partnership with Comcast and other digital technology partners, the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh is one of many organizations to be nationally selected to host this educational digital technology after school program.  Utilizing a combination of best practices and nationally modeled curriculum, Digital Connectors program activities include:  technology training, project based learning experiences, leadership development, workshops or presentations facilitated by industry professionals, service activities, visits to STEM related colleges and industries, college prep and career planning sessions, visits to exhibits and access to online resources.  Participants are able to demonstrate their newly acquire skills by helping to improve digital literacy in their own communities and homes, can earn a Cisco IT Essentials and EverFi Certifications and are rewarded with exciting incentives upon graduation/program completion. Click here for an application.

For more information: contact, Ryan Scott at rscott@ulpgh.org

STEM Girlz

STEM Girlz is a new program for minority women to change the perception that STEM-related careers are only for men.  Activities will increase knowledge and explore potential career pathways, connect them to female role models in the field of computer programming and technology, host STEM activities that girls can relate to and expose girls to a “hands-on” STEM project.  This is a new program slated to launch summer 2013 and geared towards closing the digital divide for minority young women.  For more information, call Winford Craig (412) 227-4822.

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