Opportunities to get involved
There is a range of opportunities to get involved in tech in Milwaukee. Whether you’re looking to help others or further your own ambition, check back regularly for new opportunities.
In the spirit of Milwaukee’s Tech Hub Movement, NEWaukee and the MKE Tech Hub Coalition are inviting area companies and tech professionals to participate in a regional challenge of teaching an hour of code to local students during Computer Science Week: December 9 – 15, 2019. Our Goal: Teach at least 5,000 hours across the Milwaukee region. To participate, simply sign up! Then, host your event(s) during Computer Science Week (December 9-15), report your results, and share across your company and community communications channels. For help planning your Hour of Code, just follow the easy steps highlighted here.
Technology United’s mission is to engage tech professionals in the work of United Way through giving in support of the community campaign, advocating for United Way to tech vendors and colleagues, and volunteering with their unique skillsets to benefit local nonprofits and underserved communities. Their volunteer efforts include hosting an annual technology career fair and facilitating job shadows with local MPS students at their respective companies. Members contribute a leadership level gift of $1,200 or more annually.
Is your organization interested in developing a STEM education outreach program or in supporting existing opportunities? STEM Forward and the MKE Tech Hub Education Workgroup compiled these steps and resources to get you started! Invest in STEM education to build up our region’s future tech talent while also giving your employees an opportunity to give back and to develop their own skills.
Help schools close the computer science gap – TEALS volunteers needed for 2019-20. TEALS (a program of Microsoft Philanthropies) helps high schools build and grow sustainable computer science programs. Volunteer CS professionals are paired with classroom teachers looking to make a lasting impact in their students’ lives. Over 125 volunteers are needed to support high schools in southeast Wisconsin for the 2019-20 school year. See a map of schools and apply at the TEALS volunteer site.
Calling prospective employers and students to participate in Wisconsin’s registered apprenticeship program for Data Analysts, Software Developers and IT Service Techs. An alternative to pursuing a traditional degree, the apprenticeship combines work-based learning, workplace mentorship and academics to build the needed skills and certifications for these careers. For more details, visit www.WisconsinApprenticeship.org or check out the MATC or WCTC registered apprenticeship programs.
Seeking volunteers from the tech industry to mentor college students who work with local nonprofits on semester-long IT projects, such as database development, website creation, social media campaigns and more. Contact us if you’re interested in helping aspiring tech professionals, while giving back to the community. Nonprofits also can submit an application for proposed projects.
Want to make a direct impact on the development of a young IT professional? Coach, mentor and help guide future technology careers for participants in i.c.stars Milwaukee, and grow your own leadership while doing it! The program targets young adults in underserved communities who are interested in the technology field. A variety of volunteer activities are available, including one-time coffee chats, reviewing resumes or mock interviews.