THE DEPARTMENT OF TECHNOLOGY
STEMists = Hip Hop Leaders. Our Department of Technology was established to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access for the underrepresented in STEM disciplines.
1600 Avenue is a California based 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to prepare young women and minorities to be globally competitive by inspiring them to pursue excellence in STEM careers. We develop innovative educational programs that inspire and encourage young females, African American, and Latino males to become scientists, technologists, and engineers. How? By using our flagship program Hip Hop leaders as the bridge to their future.
Most underrepresented students love Hip Hop, NEED Hip Hop, and the powerful message the truest form of this culture embodies:
YOU CAN DO IT, YOU CAN BE SOMETHING BETTER THAN YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES.
Hip Hop Leaders uniquely harnesses the power of Hip Hop and uses it to inspire and energize young minds. The learning programs focus on the following:
Hands-on, inquiry-based science, technology, engineering, and math programs
ALL TAUGHT within the context of the Hip Hop Culture.
To evolve our world for the better through technology will require a more diverse talent pool in science and engineering. As we enter our 17th year of the 21st century our STEM diversity statistics sadly resemble those of a 1980s US census. Similar correlations were found when reviewing the numbers of graduating classes in many US undergrad programs- only 18% of enrolled women, 8% Hispanic, 4% of African Americans actually earned engineering degrees.
The Department of Technology hopes to help change this through our programs and by working with all the already brilliant educators, mentors, organizations, and key influencers trying to make a difference.