We believe in altering lives and shifting the paradigm
Ready Rock Institute of Technology, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was established to educate, motivate, create pathways, and alter the course of the lives of underprivileged youth focused on STEM workforce and entrepreneurship. Our focus on both technology and business career paths (HR, Sales, Finance, Marketing, Engineering, & Leadership) exposes opportunities for students with diverse skills and interests, increases lifetime earning potential, and facilitates economic empowerment of disadvantaged communities.
Our vision is to create a world where there is no longer a barrier between Black, Hispanic & Native American kids and the high-tech industry. Creating diversity, shortening the income/wealth gap and uplifting communities out of poverty.
Our goal is to create a nexus where STEM leaders mentor disadvantaged youth, cultivating future generations of diverse STEM leadership. We will achieve this through our dynamically evolving channels of engagement; including but not limited to mentorship, educational, and training programs.
"With us being marginalized minorities we have to teach our youth to navigate this society with a far greater deal of understanding and it starts with having a rock-solid foundation. This country is failing our youth due to a subpar educational system and a lack of tech learning opportunities. Our youth are not equipped with the necessary skills to succeed in today's world."
Diversity in STEM
Black and Hispanic workers continue to be underrepresented in the STEM workforce. Blacks make up 11% of the U.S. workforce overall but Black males represent less than 5% of STEM workers, while Hispanics comprise 16% of the U.S. workforce but only 4% of male STEM workers. And among employed adults with a bachelor’s degree or higher, blacks are just 7% and Hispanics are 6% of the STEM workforce..
“The illusion of inclusion"
Research shows that in the United States, the wealth gap between blacks and others continues to widen; experts predict that black families’ median wealth will decrease to $0 by 2050, while that of white families will exceed $100,000. Just 8% of managers and 3.8% of CEOs are black. In the Fortune 500 companies, there are currently only three black chief executives,
BLACK, HISPANIC, NATIVE AMERICAN UNDERPRIVILEGED YOUTH