Lexington, Ky., Tuesday, May 17, 2022 — The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) donated over $40,500 to Byte Back and Stem for Her. The NASCIO Programs Committee chose both organizations for the Midyear giveback program because they ignite passion in STEM fields and open the IT profession to new communities. NASCIO’s 2022 Midyear Conference was held in National Harbor, Maryland earlier this month.
Donations were collected during the NASCIO 2022 Midyear Conference and NASCIO state, corporate and nonprofit members donated through individual contributions. NASCIO corporate members Accenture, Carahsoft Technology Corp., CGI, In Time Tec and UiPath sponsored this year’s Give Back Program and contributed to the donation total.
Byte Back closes the digital divide by providing historically excluded communities an equitable pathway into the digital economy. They achieve this through transformative digital advocacy, digital literacy and tech certification training. Byte Back is one of the only organizations in the US that helps diverse adults who have been left behind by the digital divide to build a foundation of computer skills, earn tech certifications, and launch careers. Graduates who were hired in 2021 started earning $25,000 more per year than before Byte Back.
STEM for Her promotes education to create awareness, excitement, and opportunities among girls and young women to launch successful STEM-related careers. Through direct exposure to hands-on experiences, mentors and role models and other programs, STEM for Her enables girls and young women to envision the path to an education and a career in STEM.
Director of Policy and Research
National Association of State Chief Information Officers