Our Mission

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.

Our Vision

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.

Our Values

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.

OUR APPROACH

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

Winnie Karanja

Founder and Executive Director

Winnie Karanja

Founder and Executive Director

Why Maydm:
Girls and students of color are extraordinary. I want to create a space in tech where they can flourish.

Background:
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.

John (JP) Miller

Curriculum Developer & Programs Lead

John (JP) Miller

Curriculum Developer & Programs Lead

Why Maydm:

I want to empower youth to discover and pursue STEM related career paths.

Background:

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.

Calley Mannion

Operations Lead

Calley Mannion

Operations Lead

Why Maydm:

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.

Background:

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.

Victoria Olubiyi

Programs Associate

Victoria Olubiyi

Programs Associate

Why Madym:

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.

Background:

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.

OUR INSTRUCTORS

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

Amy Carrick
Owner & Partner, Mindful HR LLC

Mark Gehring
CTO, ImageMoverMD

Fritz Grutzner
Founder & President, Brandgarten

Gwyn Hughes
Math Specialist, Boise State University

Vanessa Richmond
Associate, Husch Blackwell

Winnie Karanja
Founder & Executive Director, Maydm

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