Hi Everyone! We are Silicon North Stars, a nonprofit organization founded in 2013 with a mission to educate and inspire young Minnesotans towards futures in tech. We focus exclusively on youth from economically underserved communities in St. Paul and Minneapolis. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and our programs are 100% cost free for the students.
Each year, we select a cohort of rising 9th graders with a passion and interest in tech and guide them through a week-long tech summer camp. We then support their entry into high school and offer four years of hands-on programming, mentorship, and connections with the Twin Cities tech ecosystem as they prepare for college and ultimately for futures in technology. We partner with leading youth & education programs STEPUP, Washington Technology Magnet School, and Humboldt High School to recruit, select, and support our students.
Our Silicon North Stars have engaged with leaders and mentors at Techstars, Best Buy, JAMF, Sezzle, 75F, University of St. Thomas, Fueled Collective, HabitAware, and many more organizations throughout Minnesota.
To date, we have served more than 120 students. Our tenacious and hardworking students have received early admission to Stanford University, a full academic scholarship to Pomona College, an internship with the Minnesota Dept of Transportation, pursuing a technical degree at St. Cloud State University, among many other highlights.
In June 2020, we are launching our inaugural Scholarship Program for our students to support their college journeys to pursue futures in tech. We will be awarding $10,000 scholarships to three of our Silicon North Stars students toward their 2020-2021 academic school year. Moving forward, we will award three scholarships each spring to rising high school seniors as they prepare to embark on the next phase of their education. We are really excited to be expanding our support for our students to help them springboard into college and beyond.
We'd love your support to help us raise an additional $10,000 in scholarship funds for our program debut . Thank you!
Mary & Steve Grove
Co-Founders, Silicon North Stars