Maydm provides girls and youth of color in grades 6-12 with skill-based training for the technology sector. Maydm’s holistic approach prepares students from traditionally underrepresented populations to engage in and revolutionize the tech industry.
We envision a world where all students know that a career in STEM is possible for them; a world where all students are equipped with the skills to elevate their quality of life; a world where all students can pursue their dreams as entrepreneurs, developers, engineers, or professors.
Inclusivity – Every day, we check power, privilege, and attitudes at the door to produce an environment that uplifts and supports our mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual capacity to bring about change for the communities that we serve.
Quality – We implement the highest standards and techniques so that we always deliver transformational instruction and guidance to Maydm’s students.
Boldness – We have an energetic and exciting work environment that requires a blend of technical acumen and creative vision, so we welcome collaboration that is both forthright and pioneering.
Reflection – We thoughtfully and intentionally consider input from our colleagues, students, stakeholders, and community.
WHY IT MATTERS
The projected growth rate in “computer design” jobs by 2022 is 37.5%.
Latina, Black, Native, and multiracial populations are underrepresented in science and engineering careers.
Only 1 in 10 K-12 schools nationwide are currently teaching computer science classes.
MAYDM IS BALANCING THE EQUATION
After our Adventures in Programming summer workshop with Rockwell Automation, 92% of students believed they could contribute great things to STEM, increasing by 33% over just 2 weeks.
We are committed to diversity: over half of the students we taught were students of color.
To date, we have worked with over 700 students with 66% of our students being girls.
We work with students through interactive project-based programming to demystify technology and programming while instilling confidence to become the next innovators.
MEET THE TEAM
Founder and Executive Director
Founder and Executive Director
Girls and students of color are extraordinary. I want to create a space in tech where they can flourish.
Winnie Karanja is the Founder and Executive Director of Maydm, an organization focused on equipping girls and students of color with the technical skills and experiences to become innovators and technology leaders. With a background in education, technology and workforce development, Winnie has worked on national data projects, has led economic development initiatives, and is committed to equipping youth in utilizing and understanding the power of technology to fuel their dreams.
Winnie holds a Master of Science in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Education with International Politics.
Curriculum Developer & Programs Lead
Curriculum Developer & Programs Lead
I want to empower youth to discover and pursue STEM related career paths.
JP Miller graduated from Texas A&M with studies in Political Science, Writing, and Marketing. After embarking on a career in freelance writing, he determined to learn how to code and enrolled in Udacity’s Front-End Developer Nanodegree. Shortly after graduation, he co-founded Skragglies, the web design and digital marketing agency and also began mentoring Udacity alumni to begin STEM-related careers. He has served as a UConnect teacher and aided his students toward greater success by developing customized curriculum per their specific career goals.
JP is committed to lifelong education and mentorship as a means to help others realize their full potential by engaging in challenging and worthwhile career paths.
In being part of Maydm, I play a tangible role in programs that create real opportunities for girls and students of color in the STEM fields. As a community, we should all strive to provide equal learning opportunities for our students, and Maydm fights fervently for exactly that.
Calley graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BS in Economics and a BS International Studies. She focused her undergraduate studies on public policy initiatives and their impact on later-in-life outcomes. Stemming from her previous work with international nonprofits, Calley is passionate about empowering women and underserved populations to thrive and break down the barriers of economic inequality.
Discussion around diversifying STEM education access for women and students of color has resulted in very little action towards progress. I joined Maydm because of their unique commitment to turning those discussions into action with real societal impact.
Victoria Olubiyi is a PhD candidate in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at University of Wisconsin- Madison. Victoria holds an LLB Law degree from University of Greenwich (England). Through educational endeavors, Victoria found her passion for uplifting marginalized students from behind the scenes.
I have always felt STEM learning is crucial to student development, and this holds true now more than ever. As a part of Maydm, I can make a lasting impact on my community by providing equal opportunities for all students to be exposed to STEM.
After his years teaching physics and coaching robotics in the Washington DC Public School system, Matt continues his dedication to education, teaching at the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Engineering Summer Program and Summer Music Clinic, working as a Teaching Assistant in UW’s Music Department, and tutoring physics and test prep in the Madison area. Matt holds a BA in Physics and Music from the University of Rochester, an MA in Secondary Science Education from American University, an MA in Music Theory from CUNY Queens College, and is currently a PhD candidate at UW–Madison in Music Theory. Matt's position at Pioneer Possibilities is sponsored by the Mellon Public Humanities Graduate Fellowship through UW–Madison’s Center for the Humanities.
Maydm educators are university students (upperclassmen and graduate level) and professionals in the fields of computer science, engineering, and technology. All of our instructors undergo classroom management and cultural competency training.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Rachel Neill, Chair
CEO, Carex Consulting Group
Jeff Mack, Vice Chair
First VP Private Banking, Park Bank
Paige Wickline, Treasurer (Interim)
Finance Director, Willy Street Co-op
Nhi Lee, Secretary
Managing Director, gener8tor
Owner & Partner, Mindful HR LLC
Founder & President, Brandgarten
Math Specialist, Boise State University
Associate, Husch Blackwell
Founder & Executive Director, Maydm