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Best Buy Awards HER Ideas in Motion Community Grant for Tech Programs for Girls

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Cleveland, Ohio -- Best Buy Foundation awards $6,920 to the HER Ideas in Motion for technology education. This Foundation donation is made possible through the contributions of Best Buy Co., Inc. retail store operations and special event fundraising. The Foundation’s primary goal is to provide under-served teens with technology programs to help develop 21st century skills and bridge the digital divide.

Tackling the digital divide head-on, HER Ideas in Motion, a Cleveland-based 501c(3) non-profit organization provides middle school girls with innovative, hands-on computer coding, design, robotics, game development and filmmaking workshops to give them real-world insights into working in a technical field. Trained technical leaders and professionals teach young women in various workshops and tech clubs how to build software, design applications and create according to industry standards.

In-School Tech Clubs
Tech Clubs are in-school programs where girls learn technical and creative skills over a series of weeks. Girls gain real-world insights into what it's like to work in these fields, while making their own technology. Current participating schools include Fairport Harbor School and Warner Leadership Academy.

“With technology skills intersecting so many of the successful careers today and into the foreseeable future, I cannot stand idly by while gender inequities negatively impact so many of my students," said Fairport Harbor Schools Superintendent, Domenic Paolo, PhD. "For that reason, I am thrilled to bring HER Ideas in Motion” to our school district.”

Following a HER Ideas programs, 82 percent of attendees have said they would like to pursue more classes in technology with 77 percent of girls saying they’d like to go into technology as a career.

Parents, teachers, school administrators, volunteers and potential community partners can register for workshops and learn more about opportunities with HER Ideas in Motion or register for a workshop by calling (330) 552-8308) or visiting herideasinmotion.com.

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For more information, to schedule an interview or feature a workshop or in-school tech club, please contact:
Rachel Wilkins Patel | HER Ideas In Motion
Email: contact@herideasinmotion.com
Ph: (330) 552-8308

About HER Ideas in Motion
HER Ideas in Motion is a Cleveland-based 501c3 nonprofit corporation focused on providing opportunities for girls to achieve in technology and media arts. Through hands-on workshops and tech clubs, girls learn technical and creative skills from professionals, while building their own projects. In addition, HER Ideas in Motion has developed a women-led approach that combines female technical and creative professionals teaching and mentoring girls to provide access to female role models in these fields. Through education and empowerment, HER Ideas in Motion aims to close the gender gap of the less than ¼ percent ratio of women to men working in these fields.