Young Women in Computing Program (YWiC) is an outreach initiative developed with the vision to increase the participation in computer science (CS) activities and exposure for all students in NM. YWiC is housed in the Department of Computer Science at New Mexico State University and focuses on multidimensional program components such as in-school presentations, after-school programming, summer programs, state-wide competitions, social networking, forums and conferences, plus teacher-program collaborations that will leverage the available resources across opportunities.
Young Women in Computing (YWiC) began in the summer of 2006 as part of the National Science Foundation’s Broadening Participation in Computing Initiative. Since its inception, YWiC has directly impacted over 5,000 students. YWiC offers a series of integrated curriculum that spans across the multiple areas of middle school, high school and college outreach. This allows the program to reach large groups of students and utilize large scale outreach events to pinpoint students with demonstrated interest in computer science related activities. Those students are then given the opportunity to participate in more intensive and specialized activities like the summer programs, conferences, and competitions.