Opinions & Features December 04, 2019 at 03:00 pm

Meet these Forbes “30 Under 30” African social entrepreneurs changing the world

Theodora Aidoo | Staff Writer

Theodora Aidoo December 04, 2019 at 03:00 pm

December 04, 2019 at 03:00 pm | Opinions & Features

Winnie Karanja

According to Forbes, women and people of color are underrepresented in STEM jobs and Maydm, a Wisconsin-based nonprofit, is fighting to close that gap by training girls and youth of colour on the skills needed to work in the technology sector thanks to 28-year-old founder Winnie Karanja.

Through Maydm, students are learning computer science. They receive mentorships, and internships through programs that prepare students for a future in STEM with the goal of empowering young people to become makers of technology.

Earlier this year, Maydm received two grants totaling nearly $100,000 which is aiding the increase of its programming as well as staff.  With the recent investment, operations leader Calley Mannion says Maydm will shift from after-school classes to single-day workshops and will expand its summer programs to accommodate more students.

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