May 23, 2023 – Global HR, payroll, and workforce management software provider UKG is helping to nurture the next generation of young tech innovators by partnering with Kids in Tech, a local nonprofit that offers free After-School Tech Clubs to bring STEM education to kids from low-income households throughout the Greater Lowell and Greater Boston areas.
“Talent is equally distributed in this world, yet the unequal distribution of opportunity unfairly limits the potential of many bright and eager minds. That’s why we’re so excited to be working in partnership with Kids in Tech as they lay a foundation to close the STEM achievement gap for students from underserved backgrounds and invite new ideas and perspectives into the innovation economy,” said Heather Geronemus, senior director of social equity, opportunity, and impact at UKG.
“Our partnership with UKG stands out because they are investing in our kids from both a financial and human perspective,” said Kids in Tech Executive Director Olu Ibrahim. “UKG has donated generously to support our essential after-school programming and their employee volunteers bring real-world skills and experience to our students. Hearing directly from today’s tech professionals opens up doors to the possibility of a career in STEM for kids who may not otherwise see themselves in this exciting industry.”
Grant money from UKG directly supports Kids in Tech’s flagship After-School Tech Club program, which provides guided, hands-on learning activities aimed at increasing technology literacy and introducing students to exciting career pathways in the tech sector.
More than 130 students, ages 8 to 14, currently participate in After-School Tech Clubs guided by professional educators and skilled volunteers who introduce them to STEM-related concepts, including computer programming, coding, audiovisual production, and more. Program sites include Coalition for a Better Acre, Moody Elementary, Butler Middle School, McAvinnue Elementary, Lowell Housing Authority, Rafael Hernandez School, and Epiphany Elementary.
About Kids in Tech
Kids in Tech strives to excite, educate, and empower children to acquire skills and confidence in technology through interactive after-school programs. Our programs help kids develop the necessary tech skills and aptitudes to participate in and be future leaders of the 21st century innovation economy. To learn more, visit www.kidsintech.org.
Executive Director, Kids in Tech