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.
- In 2014 only 3.7% of the students taking the Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science exam were African American. (Code.org, AP Computer Science data, July 2014 and http://code.org/files/APCS-2014.pdf, accessed September 10, 2014)
- Black (58%) and Hispanic (50%) students are less likely than White students (68%) to use a computer at home at least most days of the week.
- Women who try Computer Science before college are ten times more likely to major in it in college, and Black and Hispanic students are seven times more likely.
- Only 40% of schools nation-wide currently teach computer programming, and that percentage is drastically lower in low-income communities.