November 19, 2012, 3:46 PM —
As IT professionals, it’s your job to provide help, support, and technical guidance to the organizations you serve. This is the nature of your chosen profession. Volunteering your time, expertise, and experience, and backing it up with financial donations to help our nation’s youth is a show of faith in our country and our children’s future.
Boston SIM (Society for Information Management), the Boston chapter of a national IT executive management organization, is a group providing this type of charitable support. Like all organizations, they can’t be all things to all people; therefore, they have concentrated their efforts into programs that contribute to the vitality of the Information Technology profession, especially programs that focus on future IT workers.
Tech Boston Academy and Year Up are two examples of SIM-supported programs designed to help inner city youth that might not have access to career opportunities in technology. The Tech Boston Academy is a Boston Public School for Technology & College Preparation. Year Up’s mission is to provide urban youth with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education.
Over the past year Boston SIM has increased its focus on initiatives that support and inspire young students’ interest in and pursuit of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) subjects.
Three STEM education initiatives currently being supported by Boston SIM are
1. STREAM, a STEM education teacher workshop designed to give middle and high school teachers innovative classroom tools and concepts for engaging students in STEM learning
2. Citizen Schools, with a growing emphasis on mathematic, has been re-imagining the learning day to bring more time, more talented adults, and more relevant learning experiences to middle-school students in low-income neighborhoods.
3. DIGITS, a middle school program opening minds to math and science
Boston SIM has adopted its STEM education supportive role with the recognition that STEM learning is the foundation upon which future careers in Information Technology are built.
As Information Technology (IT) executives, Boston SIM members truly understand the personal value of a career within a technology oriented discipline and its positive effect to the local community, the State of Massachusetts, and the future competitiveness of our country in the world economy.
The reason I’m telling you about the wonderful volunteer work being done by Boston SIM is because I’m hoping that this story inspires you and the technical organizations where you participate to do the same.