Maydm is Made By Them
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 industries.
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.
The Issues We Are Addressing
Women in Science & Engineering Jobs
People of color in science & engineering careers
K-12 schools nationwide that teach computer science classes
Projected Growth Rate of STEM Jobs
Our Approach to the Solution
Technical & Analytical Skills
Exposure & Mentorship
November 2015 – Our Beginning
After her experience in a classroom with very few girls and students of color, our Founder and Executive Director, Winnie Karanja, starts Maydm to provide STEM programming for these traditionally underrepresented populations. Winnie not only serves as Founder of the organization, but also teaches the first classes to elementary school girls to help fuel their interest in science, engineering and robotics.
2016 – One Year Later
In response to the needs of the community, Maydm begins to focus on inspiring programs that are targeted to girls and youth of color in middle and high school, including expanded program offerings to include electric engineering. Winnie begins to identify opportunities to generate support from various corporate and public agencies. Many of those early supporters are still jointly pursuing the vision of equal opportunities and diverse pipelines in technology.
Total Students Served to date: 174
Our Growth Begins
Maydm hosts our first large scale event at the close of 2017, Circuits, Cards, and Code. 100 middle and high school students learned about electronic engineering while building decorative ornaments and creating STEM-inspired greeting cards for loved ones during the holiday season. We have a 21% increase in the number of programs over the prior year and a 41% increase in number of students served.
Total students served to date: 539
Defining Our North Star
Maydm concentrates our efforts on learners in the very pivotal middle and high school age group. By developing more immersive programs that expose students to the academic and professional STEM fields, we continue to take a holistic approach to preparing our students for a future in these fields.
Maydm also broadened its reach in 2018, holding our first program in Milwaukee. In “Adventures in Programming,” students engaged with local technology companies and institutions of higher education.
Total Students Served to Date: 755
A Record Year
Maydm acquires a dedicated team of five full-time staff members and interacts with more than 500 students. Program offerings expand to immersive summer programs and a variety of single day STEM workshops, as well as contracted programs with community partners and local schools.
In Partnership with Epic, Maydm hosts the fantastic, Maydm’s Maker’s Epic Experience, introducing more than 100 students to graphic animation and hardware programming. Founder Winnie Karanja is named to Forbes Magazine 30 Under 30 for Social Entrepeneurs.
Total Students Served to Date: 1257
Five Years Strong
The year starts with big plans and great support from our community to expand our programs and our team. And then in March, the world-altering COVID-19 virus effects those plans. Maydm quickly pivots and offers its first virtual program over Madison Metropolitan School District’s spring break.
Later this year, we will celebrate our 5 year anniversary with a student showcase and an opportunity for our partners and supporters to celebrate the work of our students.
Board of Directors
Jeff Mack, Interim Chair
First VP Private Banking, Park Bank
Ryan Zerwer, Treasurer
Proud House Properties, Owner
Amy Carrick, Secretary
Owner & Partner, Mindful HR LLC
Associate Director, The Burish Group | UBS Financial Services Inc.
Math Specialist, Boise State University
Founder & President, Brandgarten
Founder & Executive Director, Maydm (ex-officio)
Attorney, Quarles & Brady LLP
CEO, Carex Consulting Group