None of Citizen Schools partner schools in New York City currently offer computer programming.

Technology affects every field of commerce. In fact, By 2022, the U.S. will need more than nine million STEM professionals to fill projected job openings. With only 18% of bachelor's degrees conferred in core STEM subjects, the U.S. is not projected to graduate enough STEM professionals to meet this demand. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Quarterly, STEM 101: Intro to tomorrow’s jobs, Spring 2014)

This challenge is particularly acute for members of groups historically underrepresented in STEM, including women, people of color, and those from low-income families. The country's STEM workforce remains 74% male and 85% White/Asian. Addressing this diversity gap is not only a social justice issue, but also an economic imperative.