The YWiC program began in 2006 as part of the National Science Foundation’s Broadening Participation in Computing grant. Over the past nine years, the program has established a successful and sustainable outreach program. Building upon the initial five-week summer camp for high school females, the program has become a multi-faceted computer science community outreach program, which has strong foundations in local public schools as well as NMSU.
In large part, the program focuses on reaching students at the middle school level to spark their interest in technology fields and works on retaining these students by offering high school camps and clubs. In addition to working with students in the local public schools, the program also works to recruit and employ female computer science students and offers tutoring, mentoring, and general support for all of NMSU’s CS female undergraduates. YWiC looks forward to continuing its efforts in the local high schools and middle schools, as well as expanding its collegiate group to include women in other computer science related fields.
YWiC has directly impacted over 13,250 students. YWiC offers a series of integrated curriculum that spans across the multiple areas of middle school, high school and college outreach. This allows the program to reach large groups of students and utilize large scale outreach events to pinpoint students with demonstrated interest in computer science related activities. Those students are then given the opportunity to participate in more intensive and specialized activities like the summer programs, conferences, and competitions.