What is FIND?
FutureINDesign (FIND) is a 501(c)3 STEAM (STEM + Arts) workforce development program for low-income and underrepresented young adults/adult learners. FIND seeks to narrow the digital literacy gap while reducing the constraints of intergenerational poverty by providing on-the job technology training as well as the life and leadership skills needed for Utah’s growing STEAM workforce.
WHY is FIND needed?
BREAK THE CYCLE OF POVERTY
You've probably heard the phrase at-risk youth, but you might have wondered what exactly are these youth at risk for? The short answer is that they're at risk for getting trapped in a cycle of inter-generational poverty. Several factors influence this risk including adverse childhood experiences (ACE), low-income status, new-American status, minority status and limited access to resources just to name a few.
In order to secure their futures and pull them out of poverty, they need to be able to compete in the growing economic segments of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM). Unfortunately, these at-risk youth have a difficult path ahead of them as they also face socioeconomic hurdles that marginalize them including race, gender, income levels, education standards, social influences and access to technology.
90% OF LOW INCOME FAMILIES ONLY HAVE ACCESS TO INFORMATION AND TECHNOLOGY VIA MOBILE DEVICE
ONLY 3% OF MINORITIES MAKE UP THE DESIGN AND TECH WORKFORCE
LESS THAN 30% OF WOMEN MAKE UP THE TECHNOLOGY AND ART (STEAM) EMPLOYMENT POOL
What makes FIND different?
Marginalized youth are at risk of repeating inter-generational lifestyles that keep them in poverty with few options to succeed. With a rapidly growing tech market in Utah that is providing large opportunities for employment, our goal is to bring technology to the margins of society to strengthen that link. Here are a few things that make us unique.
Technology in the Margins - Our approach to solving cycles of poverty.
Training by Professionals - Local partners that are tech and design professionals will work one-on-one with students.
Real World Experience - We give youth the opportunity to learn in actual work environments of our partners. This gives students a chance to learn how to work in professional environments while allowing them to build resumes and portfolios that they can use when entering the workforce.
School Credit and Stipends - Students of FIND will not only gain an education, but they will be able to receive school credit and earn stipends on completion of the program.