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ITA works to influence the industry through various forms of advocacy, partnership, diversity and STEM education.
ITA works on behalf of our member companies to ensure to empower their voices at the local, state and national levels. There is no question about it, Illinois has one of the most robust technology sectors of any state in the country. And we’re working to grow it even further. As the leading technology industry trade organization in Ilinois, we champion policies that foster a growth of the technology industry and allow technology companies to create, thrive and compete.
ITA is proud to support the bi-partisan BRIDGE act. By remaining a sanctuary and keeping young people here under DACA, we ensure future generations continue to have the opportunities afforded them while promoting economic growth and diversity within the Chicago tech ecosystem. Additionally, ITA has strategically partnered with an organization on the front line of immigration issues:
Road to Satus offers extensive access to successful individual and family-based immigration benefits, such as U.S. Citizenship, DACA, Work Authorization, Green Cards, and Adjustment of Status. This partnership will provide safe, easy to use, and affordable immigration benefits to members of the ITA community and their extended families. Through this partnership, members, employees, and their families will receive access to Road to Status’ online immigration application preparation services. Also, they will gain access to low-cost network partner attorney reviews and services at a significant member benefit discount. Read more about this important topic on roadstatus.com.
We continue to seek out organizations that celebrate difference and advance diversity in an industry that can at times be homogenous. ITA is proud to support the following organizations that are making an impact on our technology community:
Year Up’s mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. They achieve this mission through a high support, high expectation model that combines marketable job skills, stipends, internships and college credits. Year Up’s holistic approach focuses on students’ professional and personal development to place these young adults on a viable path to economic self-sufficiency. More at yearup.org.
T4 Youth’s goal is to unite Chicago tech professionals around a shared passion for table tennis to raise money and support future generations of technologists. All of the proceeds from the T4 Youth annual tournament benefit Chicago Tech Academy. Check out t4youth.com to discover more about the tournament.
Chicago Tech Academy
ChiTech, is a non-profit, 4-year contract school located in University Village. ChiTech was founded to inspire, educate and connect a diverse next generation of technology leaders. ChiTech seeks to increase the number of minority and low-income students that pursue science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in college and careers. Learn more: chitech.org.
EYH is a one-day symposium for middle school girls to engage in exciting and diverse experiences that science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers have to offer. Volunteers from the Chicago STEM community organize short, hands-on workshops to directly engage with the girls at a critical time in their development. EYH is a nationally recognized program, and we are proud to bring it to the Windy City for a fifth year! www.eyhn.org
The Golden Ratio is an FTC (First Tech Challenge) team. Each year, FTC design, build and program a robot to complete a specific tasks challenge. The task changes every year. Teams take their finished robot to competitions and compete against other teams completing the same challenge. Learn more: www.GoldenRatioRobotics.com