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“As we prepare our kids to compete and succeed in the 21st century economy, we look to organizations such as KidsTek to provide the tools and the resources to make that happen. Together, we will make sure that we’re serving our children no matter what zip code they live in.”

Michael B. Hancock, Denver Mayor

Our Vision

Our purpose is to increase the technology literacy of students at Colorado’s highest-needs schools through our innovative after school, project based enrichment programs, and our in-school technical certificate programs. KidsTek provides an extensive technology curriculum for our host schools with the goal of providing the tools for longterm academic and career success. Our high school programs also provide free college credits for our students to help them achieve their goal of continuing their education towards a valuable college degree.

Our Mission

Demand for technology and tech-skilled workers has caused a shift in education across the United States to prioritize science, technology, engineering, and math content, commonly known as STEM. We want to provide the ‘T’ for Colorado’s under-served youth.

At the heart of everything we do, our goal is to encourage all students to excel in academics and pursue higher education while chasing their dreams. Our goal is to have each KidsTek student to go to college.

Colorado is home to one of the fastest growing technology centers in the country. We’re here to share our passion for technology while equipping our students for success in the future.

What We Do

More than a decade into the 21st century, the rate of technology continues to change the landscape of our society in countless ways. Beyond the advent of social media and technology use in our leisure time, an effective technology infrastructure has become critical to the success of every industry. This need has fueled an explosion within the tech sector itself. In Colorado alone, “There are approximately 140,000 technology company workers and there are nearly 92,000 total IT workers spanning all industries. The average wage in the IT-Software sector in metro Denver is $97,050.” (Colorado Technology Association, 2014)

Demand for technology and tech-skilled workers has caused a shift in education across the United States to prioritize science, technology, engineering, and math content, commonly known as STEM. STEM opportunities in Colorado are only growing, as a recent Colorado Education Initiative report found: “Colorado is expected to see above national average growth in STEM occupations over the next decade as well as a rapid increase in the demand for STEM talent across non-STEM professions. However, Colorado’s students are not adequately prepared to compete for these jobs.” (CEI, 2014)

In order for growth in technology talent to become a reality, quality instruction needs to be in place from the earliest points of a student’s educational path all the way through high school graduation. In a 21st century economy, students are discovering that digital literacy will be a part of their future, no matter what field they go into. Having the ability to utilize computers effectively is an essential skill for the emerging workforce.

KidsTek exists to meet that need and bridge the digital divide in Colorado’s highest needs schools. We are passionate about students making connections between technology and their future dreams. Our programs build that bridge to success through a fun and challenging environment that sets students on a path to future success.

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KidsTek 2014-2015 Reach at a Glance

200

% MORE DISTRICTS

30

% MORE PROGRAMS

12

% MORE STUDENTS

71

% MORE COLLEGE CREDIT

By the Numbers

of KidsTek high school seniors applied to college, compared to 61% of students in Colorado

100%

Higher Student Confidence Levels

40%

Female Students Across All Sites

44%

Student Access to Technology Outside of the Classroom

38%