KidsTek Charity Golf Classic - 2017

        A Flexible and Powerful Investment in the Future of the Technology Community
 

Mission and History

The mission of KidsTek is to increase the technology literacy of Colorado's underserved children and youth by providing free technology education through innovative after-school project based programs and in-school certification programs.

Founded in 2000 as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization by several of Colorados leading technology executives to enhance our communities and to develop the future technology workforce through opportunity and perspective-broadening experiences for undeserved youth.  With a start-up grant from the Anschutz Foundation, KidsTek has raised over $2,000,000 to date to deliver to technology programs in metro Denver.  Through our first non-profit partnership, the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver (BGCMD), we have established a successful technology program for kids, Ages K-12, that is an award-winning model for Boys & Girls Clubs nationally.

KidsTek

 

KidsTek works closely with targeted Colorado youth (ages K-12) service providers in undeserved communities across Colorados Front Range to provide the following identified success factors

 

  
Curriculum: An education template and supervision as needed around its implementation plus ongoing joint research of new educational tools.  KidsTeks instructors engage clients through such project based lessons as animation, web design and digital recording. All of KidsTek programs focus on Internet research and Microsoft Office skills - the tools needed for success in any profession in the 21st century economy, as well as college.

Assessment:
In partnership with an independent outside evaluator, KidsTek is developing an online survey that will serve as a lesson for clients, as well as a survey for testing pre- and post- skills acquisition and attitude about technology. We want to understand and enhance our impact on the lives of our clients.

Mentoring:
Representatives of the technology and government sectors are recruited by KidsTek to serve as one-on-one mentors and group advocates to the KidsTek Program(s) that they adopt through the Venture Partner Program.

Our current partners include many of the elementary, middle , and high schools in Denver, Aurora, Adams County SD12 and SD14, Jefferson County, and Boulder Valley Public Schools.

What is the Technology Gap?

In brief, the technology gap is the difference among socio-economic, cultural and gender lines in both access to technology and the type of education and engagement that motivates a child to reap the benefits including long-term academic and job-readiness - of technology in today's society.

Today 60% of all jobs require some type of technical skills in fact Colorado is the 1 high-tech industry employer per capita nationally.  In addition, Americans who use a computer at work earn, on average, 17 to 22% more than those who do not.  As technical competency becomes increasingly important for future success, our kids must be better equipped to enter the workforce. We must be certain that we provide training and support to our youth that are not as fortunate; so that they may take advantage of the abundance we have created.

KidsTek, understanding that while the problem is national, the solution is local, is stepping forward to facilitate the funding and training initiatives that are imperative to providing equal opportunities to all members of the community.  We know that getting computers into classrooms or after-school centers is only the first step; supporting a technology-learning environment is at the heart of overcoming the technology gap. That type of training costs money, but its money well spent. Building bridges pays a dividend in developing trained, self-sufficient and motivated high-tech employees - and impacts the quality of life for the kids we serve.

"The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity."
— George Bernard Shaw
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