We’ve got big news, and we’re excited to share it. It is our pleasure to tell you that after a brief hiatus, we are relaunching The Div with more excitement than ever!
Though the formal operations have been on standby, our heart for the mission never wavered. We knew we wanted to continue to make an impact locally and beyond, so we kept our 501c3 status current in hopes of someday relaunching stronger than ever before.
Now we’re back, and we’re going to impact kids and technology in full force with new leadership and a focus on the Div Jr. program.
We’ve asked McKalyn Danner to lead the charge as The Div’s new director. McKalyn started her career in economic development at the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber and for the past two years she’s served as director of events and communications at United Way of Central Oklahoma. When we started thinking about reviving The Div, McKalyn was top of mind for our board members. She has an incredible combination of experience, passion and commitment that will lend itself to great things ahead for The Div and for our community.
Since the Div Jr. program was one of the most impactful things we did as an organization, this time around we’ll be focusing on kids camps that will help young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically and work collaboratively – skills that are vital in building the next generation of the tech workforce in Oklahoma.
We have big dreams for getting kids excited about STEM education and bringing tech programming to those who might not otherwise have access. We’re looking forward to the opportunity to help young people learn, embrace and excel in careers in the technology field. Initial learning opportunities will be centered around Scratch, a visual coding language that provides a stepping stone to the more advanced world of computer programming.
No great thing can be done alone, and we still need your help. You can play a part in making tech accessible for the next generation. We need volunteers, trainers, sponsors and supporters because it’s the generosity of people like you that ultimately powers The Div.
We’re working to host the first Div Jr. event in the next couple of months. To stay in the loop and get the latest on scheduling, fill out our interest form here and connect with us on Twitter and Facebook. You can also read more in our media release.
P.S. — It’s important to note and also thank Lindsey Miller, my lovely wife, but also our first director…without her passion, love, intelligence and tireless work, we could not enjoy the progress we’ve made so far. Div Jr. was her idea and you should expect to see her around, volunteering and helping her great friend, McKalyn, in her new role to impact the next generation of Oklahoma kids.