40 by 22
Advancing Young Women of Color in Tech Careers NPower the Future
Join the 40 by 22 movement to help young women of color advance in technology.
While the tech industry booms, the presence of women, particularly women of color, in IT roles has steadily declined. NPower, with the support of Citi Foundation, is on a mission to #NPowerTheFuture and help more young women of color advance in tech careers.
40 by 22 Initiative
In order to transform and diversify the industry, we need to identify and help address barriers to careers for women in technology. We recognize that the work starts at home—in our classrooms.
NPower is embarking on our most extensive mission to date through the 40 by 22 initiative.
- We aim to increase our program enrollment of young women to 40% by 2022 in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Missouri and California.
- We also aim to increase representation of female instructors to mirror our student goal of 40% by the end of 2020 in all the markets we serve.
We also want to evoke widespread change in the industry by starting conversations within the tech community.
40 by 22 Convening Series
NPower has launched a series of community conversations to challenge the status quo and to eliminate the hurdles young women of color face when pursuing a career in technology. The three convenings across the country will spark dialogue, promote authentic interactions, share ideas, and report our 40 by 22 progress.
Breaking Through: Tackling Barriers for Young Women of Color in IT
October 3, 2018 | Google in New York City
Discussions on the changes we can all help drive—at the systems, corporate, and personal level—to encourage more young women of color to launch high-growth tech careers.
Rising Up: Propelling Career Growth & Wage Equity
May 22, 2019 | WWT in St. Louis
We challenged participants to delve into the issues young women face as they advance in their careers, and provide real-world examples and advice for navigating professional growth and wage equity.
Reaching Back: Building a Path as Mentor and Leader
November 13, 2019 | LinkedIn in San Francisco
The conversations will continue as we speak to established tech professionals on how to build a path behind you and become a culture changer for young women of color.
Recent Coverage and Events
40 by 22 Ambassador
From NPower Student to Instructor
Meet Shannon Burt, NPower Maryland Assistant Technical Instructor. She shares her passion for the work she’s doing within and outside of NPower in helping more young women in Baltimore claim their rightful seat at the table and their space in tech.
A Day in the Life of a NPower Student
Maritza B. shares an inside look into her experience and journey as a NPower California Tech Fundamentals student.
“How to ditch a dead-end job and make a real career”
PIX11 News, June 5th 2018
Ateika Samuel, a technology consultant at Citibank, is living her dream.
Before her new career in IT, the bright and optimistic employee was a single mom waiting tables, hoping she’d find a way to pay for college to get ahead.
NPower the Future Student Profile: Ateika Samuel, Women in Tech Wednesday
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At these gatherings we are tapping female leaders in technology to dive in to the issues affecting gender and racial diversity in technology to strategize solutions and evoke change on a larger scale.
Join our NPower the Future campaign
Starting September 2018, NPower is spearheading Women in Tech Wednesday (#WITWednesday). On each and every Wednesday we will share articles, stories and videos on remarkable women in tech, key issues that affect gender inequalities and lack of diversity in IT and other topics we hope will inspire conversations and change.
We invite you to join us on this mission to catalyze change for the better in the tech industry by TAKING ACTION! What can you do?
- Like and share our posts to your audience: show others you support this cause.
- Join the conversation: add to the discussion by commenting on our posts.
- Contribute your own story as a woman in technology: the most impactful thing you can do is lead by example.