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AFFIRM AWARDS GRANTS FOR UNDERREPRESENTED TECHNOLOGY GROUPS; SUPPORTS DIGITAL LITERACY IN STEM CAREERS

Washington, DC, July 9, 2018 — The Association for Federal Information Resources Management (AFFIRM) is awarding a total of $50,000 in grants to technology institutions for their work in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and for striving to bridge the digital divide.

“Statistically, there are half as many African Americans and Hispanics in technology as in the rest of the private sector workforce,” said Adrian Gardner, President, AFFIRM.  “And only 20% of technology jobs are held by women across the board.  As an association that supports government’s strong diversity and inclusion efforts, AFFIRM has selected five institutions for monetary contributions in light of their impact on technology’s most underrepresented groups.” 
The five non-profit organizations receiving grants are as follows:

Black Girls CODE: With more than 1.4 million computing jobs expected to be available in the US by 2020, Black Girls Code aims to diversify the computer sciences field with the smarts, talent, and creativity of young women of color, who have been historically underrepresented in STEM careers.  Learn more at http://www.blackgirlscode.com/

Hispanic Heritage Foundation: Established by the White House in 1987, the Hispanic Heritage Foundation is an award-winning non-profit that identifies, inspires, prepares and positions Latino leaders in the classroom, community and workforce to meet America’s priorities.  Learn more at https://hispanicheritage.org/

UrbanEd: For children, youth and adults in the District of Columbia, UrbanEd provides technology-driven education, information and skill development for sustained futures.  Learn more at https://www.urbaned.org/home.html

Year Up: Working to close the Opportunity Divide, Year Up provides young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education.  Learn more at https://www.yearup.org/

University of Maryland University College Foundation: UMUC primarily serves non-traditional students, who are working adults, veterans and active duty military. Learn more at http://www.umuc.edu/index.cfm

About AFFIRM
The Association for Federal Information Resources Management (AFFIRM) is a non-profit, volunteer, educational organization whose overall purpose is to improve the management of information, and related systems and resources, within the Federal government. Founded in 1979, and based in the Washington, DC area, AFFIRM's members include information resource management professionals from the Federal, academic, and industry sectors.  For more information, go to www.affirm.org and follow @affirmtweets.

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