The 21st Century Youth Project partners with the YWCA of Metro Chicago for Haute & Smart: Girls in Fashion Tech Series


In what has been an amazing opportunity, our award-winning program, the 21st Century Youth Project has teamed up with the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago for our Girls in Fashion Tech Series, a series of 13-week programs combining web and mobile programming, hardware development for “wearable” technology, and some 3D printing, culminating into a fashion show. 

We couldn’t be more excited about this collaboration, as an opportunity to work with more girls in tech, have fun, and team up with the YWCA, led by CEO Dorri McWhorter. The YWCA has done some very innovative programming with their TechgGYRLS program and we’re excited to add an additional layer. More details are coming soon.

IF you’d like to learn more, volunteer, partner, or help in any capacity, feel free to contact us.


About TechGYRLS

TechGYRLS provides middle school girls with opportunities for intensive exploration of technology. This highly successful and fun program broadens girls’ knowledge and helps them develop confidence in using technology. Furthermore, it helps girls envision career opportunities in technology that await them. TechGYRLS is a 14-week after-school program and also offered during the summer as a day camp with a different theme each 2-week session that incorporates science, life skills, recreation and technology.


About the 21st Century Youth Project

The 21st Century Youth Project ( teaches technology as a path to opportunity. It is a free comprehensive program that prepares low-income middle and high school students for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) careers. The program focuses on improving skills today (through immersive teaching and tutoring), tomorrow (through coaching and mentoring), and the future (through internship placement and Alumni Community), with an entrepreneurial focus. Key deliverables for student participants are creation of mobile (Google Android, iPhone, iPad etc.) and web apps for accompanying business plans, accrual of college credits and case studies on their resumes and digital portfolios because of hands-on tangible skills gained through internship placements.


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