The United Community Corporation and the Arman Roy Foundation have teamed up to host a free TechSpark Career Panel for STEAM students in the city of Newark on Friday, May 21, from 3pm to 5pm at West Side Park.
The career panel will consist of four professionals who are currently outstanding in the technology field.
The free event requires online registration, which is cut off at 50 students. Interested applicants must be in grades 8 through 12 or have a high school degree and can secure their place by registering Here.
“We’re excited to have something different to offer the youth in West Side Park and Newark City,” said Yucleidis Melendez, UCC director of youth, family and senior services. “Many of our students are interested in technical careers. It is a blessing to be able to partner with the Arman Roy Foundation and offer them this opportunity. “
The aim of the panel is to educate and inspire students in the city of Newark by hearing from a group of successful individuals with a wide range of work experience in the technology industry.
Panelists will share their own path into their careers, providing insight into the diversity of engineering professions, and insights into the types of skills and experience required to build a technical career.
The panel consists of Mohini Jaiswal, Financial Technology Product Leader, Paulo Nunes, President of RocketClub Hoboken, Richard Thompson, President of Digital Air Technologies Analytics, and Dante Ward, Business Solutions Manager of Per Scholas.
“Digital skills are in high demand, and most jobs in the US now require some level of technical expertise,” said Manisha Roy, founder of the Arman Roy Foundation, sparking some amazing future tech careers for the youth in Newark. “
The Arman Roy Foundation is a generous sponsor and partner of the United Community Corporation’s STEAM youth programs and, with the help of the Montclair Learning Center, has offered a variety of workshops to teach a wide range of topics to UCC students, from scientific experimentation to towards circuits.
“Opening a window to wonder, opportunity and hope begins with imagining a future with an exciting and successful career and then taking the first steps to learn how to make it your reality,” said Pryia Roy, board member the Arman Roy Foundation.
Inspired by Arman Roy, the Arman Roy Foundation’s mission is to bridge the digital divide so that all young people have the promise of a positive and hopeful future.
The harsh reality is that over 20 percent of US youth today still lack access to basic computers, the Internet, and the opportunity to learn key 21st century technical skills that will be needed in any future calling.
With over 50 percent of jobs expected to be computerized in 10 years’ time, the gap is widening, primarily affecting color communities.
There are millions of youth who will be left behind if we do not ignite that spark of hope for them – all of which are inspired by Arman’s love.
United Community Corporation has been the City of Newark’s Community Action Agency since 1964. With the aim of moving people from dependence to self-sufficiency, UCC has been on the front lines of the war on poverty for over 55 years. UCC provides a wide variety of services to Newark and greater Essex County, including emergency shelter assistance with food and clothing. a pantry; Homelessness prevention; Senior activities and nutrition; Employment assistance and training; after-school programs for youth; Transport assistant and affordable housing.