GROW Community Resources

These local organizations are dedicated to growing the future tech workforce in West Michigan. Want to help? Connect with these organizations to mentor students, host an event or sponsor their efforts.

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BitCamp

BitCamp is a day-long opportunity for 7th & 8th grade girls to learn what it's like to be a software developer through hands-on learning. IT professionals can participate as a mentor or host.

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BizStream Academy

This summer, coding bootcamp gives students the web development skills to build their own website. You can help make the academy accessible to students by sponsoring a camp.

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Girls Who Code

This after-school program is for girls in grades 6-12. Participants meet weekly to work on a project that uses computer science to solve a problem relevant to the community. 

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Loop Coding Center

This tech startup's mission is to close the diversity gap in the tech field by teaching programming to students in underrepresented areas. Get involved by volunteering your time and skills.

Midwest Tech Project

This organization engages underrepresented communities in the tech industry by connecting inner city students to opportunities within the tech community. Get involved in one of their tech forums or career fairs.

West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology (WMCAT)

WMCAT empowers urban teens to affect social change by applying design thinking, arts and technology to critical thinking inquiry and practical application in the community.

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Michigan Council of Women in Technology (MCWT)

This group is working to grow the number of women and technology fields by inspiring girls and women to consider a career in tech. Get involved as a host or sponsor for Camp Infinity, a summer technology camp for girls in grades 5-8.

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MICareerQuest

This hands-on, job exploration event provides over 9,000 West Michigan middle and high school students with an opportunity to explore careers and meet in employers in four, high-demand industries. Get involved by having an exhibit in the IT sector, sponsoring or volunteering at the event.