C4K combines mentoring and technology to prepare youth for brighter futures. C4K is a grassroots nonprofit that equips Charlottesville and Albemarle County youth (6th – 12th grade) from low-income households with 21st-century STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills to be competitive in college and careers. To do so, we provide mentoring in a creative, safe, and supportive out-of-school learning environment, access to professional-grade technology, project-based learning, and youth leadership opportunities. At C4K, youth learn by participating in:
- 1:1 mentoring with trained, volunteer mentors;
- Group mentoring and self-directed drop-ins at the C4K Clubhouse;
- Expert-led workshops that provide training in STEM skills that are in-demand in Charlottesville’s quickly growing tech industry;
- Exposure to local tech careers through job shadowing, field trips, and guest speakers, all helping youth understand how the skills they are learning at C4K make them qualified for living wage STEM careers.
- Access to resources through The Clubhouse Network, a program of the Museum of Science, Boston in collaboration with the MIT Media Lab.
Through our latest Youth Impact Survey, youth members report increased proficiency in STEM skills. Responses also indicate that C4K is a place where members feel a meaningful sense of belonging. 100% of C4K members said they felt their mentors accepted them, and 100% felt they could trust their mentors.
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