Recruiting AkiraChix class of 2017

Every year for the last 5 years, AkiraChix has the pleasure of welcoming a group of young, hopeful, young girls from all over Kenya for our one-year training program. This program has continued to be offered at no cost to the students with classes in Web Design, Mobile application design, Graphic Design, Hardware design, Life Skills [...]

By | 2017-09-26T16:22:44+00:00 September 19th, 2016|AkiraChix, Mentorship, Opportunities, Training Program|21 Comments

Attitudes & Motivations For Women Entering Technology Careers In Kenya

Despite narrowing the gender gap in student enrollment at the primary and secondary school levels in Kenya, a wide gender gap exists in labour participation, in respect to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related careers. Course selection is one of the most important career decisions young women will make. From a study commissioned by [...]

Akirachix’s Home Visits

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view - until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” - Harper Lee AkiraChix aims to not only conduct training programs for young women but to also foster meaningful relationships with them. We purpose to provide an [...]

Powerful lessons on mentorship: A recap of the 2016 Mentorship pairing exercise

(Guest Blog post by Judy Alice King'ori, 2016 Mentor) Akirachix held a mentorship pairing exercise, dubbed "speed mentoring" on 9th April, 2015. We are excited for the start of our 2016 mentorship program! #Repost @angelaoduor with @repostapp. ・・・ Packed room :). About to start out Speed mentoring session. This is a matching exercise we are [...]

Join us for Geek Girl Festival 2016, hosted by AkiraChix

It’s that time of year again, when we bring together high school girls from across the country for a day full of technology, learning and fun! AkiraChix is hosting its fourth annual Geek Girl Festival on Saturday 23rd April 2016 The goal of this year’s event is to:- Inspire attendees to take up careers in [...]

Kicking off the 2016 Mentorship Program

One of the recommendations that came out of a study AkiraChix conducted(Attitudes and motivations for women using technology & entering technology careers in Kenya) was that there’s a need to Foster young women’s confidence levels in STEM to make them feel capable. “By enhancing confidence in their abilities, they will be more likely build ability [...]

By | 2017-05-23T17:16:00+00:00 March 29th, 2016|AkiraChix, Community, Mentorship|0 Comments

Sign up to be a Mentor with AkiraChix in 2016

For a second year running, AkiraChix is looking to pair students from the AkiraChix training program, class of 2016 with women from different fields in the tech industry to walk with them as mentors during their time at AkiraChix. Why should you become a mentor? Here’s a breakdown of who we’re looking for and what [...]

By | 2016-02-29T14:25:11+00:00 February 29th, 2016|AkiraChix, Mentorship|0 Comments

Why you should be an AkiraChix mentor

We recently put out a call for applications for AkiraChix mentors, and have received an overwhelming response. With one more day left to apply, we thought it best to give a deeper explanation on what the aim of this mentorship program is, and the kind of individuals we are looking for. We work with a [...]

By | 2017-05-23T17:16:03+00:00 May 25th, 2015|AkiraChix, Community, Mentorship, Training Program|4 Comments

AkiraChix Mentorship Program: Call for Applications!

Last year, we piloted a mentorship program with students from the AkiraChix Training program, pairing students with women from different fields in the tech industry. Some of the relationships built between students and their mentors have spanned beyond the lifetime of the training program. We’re looking to build the same relationships again this year, by [...]

Akirachix Graduation – Class of 2014

  It has been a great one year and 3months. In September 2013, we began searching for girls who would join and benefit from the training program. As compared to the two previous classes, we managed to accommodate 30 girls most of whom were between the age of 19 – 24 yrs. The girls came [...]