The GenCyber grant provides cybersecurity camp experiences for girls in Chicago and surrounding areas.
GenCyber Program Objectives
CCAS has been awarded an All Girls GenCyber Camp
grant from the National Security Agency/National Science Foundation. The project will provide 40-50 girls from Chicago, Cicero and Berwyn with a non-residential, 10-day camp designed to:
Increase their interest in cybersecurity
Understand safe online behavior
Learn to apply cybersecurity concepts to projects
The camp is also intended to increase the likelihood that participants will pursue careers in cybersecurity and develop awareness of ethics related to cybersecurity.
About the CyberGirl CyberWorld Program:
The CyberGirl CyberWorld program at NEIU will provide an immersive experience into the career of cybersecurity utilizing the GenCyber concepts. This all-girls camp is intended for 9-12 grade young women from across the Berwyn, Cicero and Chicago land area. The goals of the program are to increase interest in cybersecurity careers, increase diversity in the cybersecurity workforce of the nation, help all students understand correct and safe on-line behavior, and create a sustainable network of cyber professionals to continuously motivate students in upcoming camps.
During this 10-day virtual camp, participants will be introduced
to rigorous project-based cyber curriculum design by the NEIU Department of Computer Science faculty. Participants will also network with industry professionals working in cybersecurity, while creating a community of empowerment and growth mindset with peers in the camp.
It’s imperative that we provide equity and access to young girls
in the cybersecurity sector where so many women are underrepresented today. This highly competitive camp will be committed to that mission as our nation calls for more cyber security experts.
To ensure a level playing field, GenCyber camps are open to
all student and teacher participants at no cost. Funding for the CyberGirl CyberWorld is provided jointly by the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation.
Virtual Program via Zoom
March 29 - April 2, 2021
CPS Spring Break Days
April 10, April 16 & 17, April 24, 2021
Project Development and Networking Days
May 1, 2021
Culminating CyberGirl CyberWorld Celebration
Participants must attend all 10 days
(Times up to 3 hours per day of synchronous online
interaction, and 1 hour of asynchronous time daily)
Minimum Equipment Needed:
Participants are required to have a computer or a laptop and the ability to connect to the Internet. Students are required to have reliable access to internet/WiFi. Below are are the minimum requirements for participation
What will happen during the CyberGirl CyberWorld Program:
Network with current cybersecurity experts to understand what are today's demands in the field of cybersecurity.
Get exposure to cybersecurity concepts through innovative use of technology.
Explore different Universities and Colleges virtually and talk to advisors about post-secondary pathways to cyber career.
Learn by working alongside the lead instructors utilizing the hands on materials that will be sent to each participant before the start of the program.
If you are a senior in high school and enroll in the NEIU Computer Science program you will have the opportunity to participate in the Google computer science institute extension program in the summer.
Experience a safe zone to discuss and reflect about technology as it relates to the future and how it affects our society.
Building positive relationships with other young ladies from across the city of Chicago and surrounding suburbs.
Participants will leave this 10-day cyber program with giveaways like micro bit computers, cyber girl paraphernalia, books, and other exciting giveaways.