SOCIAL PRACTICE: AthleTECH
In 2012, Bijan partnered with Microsoft Corporation to create AthleTECH, a volunteer organization that integrated technology education and community uplift. The program was geared toward youth S.T.E.M. education programs, combining athletics, fitness and technology.
The pilot program was launched in July 2012 in an effort to promote digital literacy. The two day program was attended by nearly 120 of the Districts youth and hosted by NFL players and NCAA Division 1 football players.
“We are working to close the wealth, achievement, and skills gaps in the United States by providing access, awareness, and entrepreneurial opportunities to Generation Z (birth years 1995-2010) from end to end. Our mission is to integrate the immensely growing dynamic of virtual communication to coach young entrepreneurs through project-based internships, and skills-based apprenticeships.”
AthleTECH is a non-profit organization that designs experiences that develop interpersonal soft skills within Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) based careers. Founded in 2012 in Washington DC, AthleTECH engages, empowers and prepares young people to be skilled, successful, and enigmatic in their lives, in their careers, and in their communities. Over 50,000 young people Nationwide have participated in programs with AthleTech.