Adult influencers—family members, formal and informal educators, counselors, administrators, mentors, and others—are instrumental in encouraging and guiding students in their education and career aspirations. NCWIT offers ways to engage students in computing experiences that align with their interests and passions, to inspire them with real-life role models, to celebrate students’ persistence, and more.

I want to:

  • Raise Awareness
  • Inspire Students
  • Engage Students
  • Recognize Students & Educators
  • Create Systemic Change
Computing and computational thinking are increasingly important 21st-century skills. Adult influencers are the key to letting all students know they can belong in computing. See Resources
See and hear from a wide range of technical role models. Foster connections with the local community. Motivate students by relating computing experiences to their current interests. See Resources
Putting computing concepts in appealing contexts and building on existing competencies can both reduce entry barriers and level the playing field for those with limited experience. See Resources
Encourage and award students’ persistence in computing, and celebrate formal and informal educators who encourage high school women’s participation in technology pursuits. See Resources
A systemic approach to change identifies factors that influence girls’ participation in computing and addresses participation barriers for people from groups historically excluded. See Resources

K-12 Resources

K-12 Programs

Counselors for Computing (C4C)

Counselors for Computing (C4C) offers professional development to school counselors, providing them with essential knowledge and resources they can use...

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Sit With Me

Sit With Me (SWM) uses its iconic red chair to create in-person and virtual spaces where everyone can reflect on...

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Color of Our Future

The Color of Our Future anchors NCWIT programs, initiatives, and research-based resources focused on broadening the meaningful participation of underrepresented...

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Modern Figures Podcast

Modern Figures Podcast guest stars Black women in computing who share their stories and perspectives on technical, societal, and personal...

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Conversations for Change

Conversations for Change: an online thought leadership series brings together educators, entrepreneurs, corporate executives, social scientists, and others to fully...

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K-12 Alliance

Organizations can join the K-12 Alliance to benefit from an exclusive invitation to the annual NCWIT Summit, guidance in applying research-based strategies for creating inclusion, and more. Through the K-12 Alliance, mobilize year round alongside formal and informal educators and other adult influencers nationwide working together to create lasting impact.

Individuals can also volunteer through NCWIT outreach and recognition programs. Recognize students for their computing aspirations, host informative workshops or student meetups, serve as a guest speaker, and more.

K-12 Alliance Members

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