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Dec. 1, 2015



Kirk Riley, Executive Director




LANSING, MI – The Information Technology Empowerment Center (ITEC), a Lansing-based nonprofit organization, has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the R.E Olds Foundation and a $10,000 grant from the Joe D. Pentecost Foundation.

Funding will support ITEC’s 2020 Girls afterschool technology program, providing girls ages 9-17 with hands-on opportunities to engage with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). 2020 Girls provides fun opportunities for girls to work together as a team to build their own robots; design mobile phone apps, games and websites; and create digital media.

“What 2020 Girls does for these students is astounding. The program builds confidence in girls and encourages them to succeed in anything they set their minds to do,” said Diana Tarpoff, program director with R.E. Olds Foundation. “The R.E. Olds Foundation is proud to support a program that sets girls up for a brighter future in their careers and in life.”

The 2020 Girls program combats the perception that STEM subjects are inherently for males and provides girls a safe, nurturing environment to pursue these skills.

“Girls and women are seriously underrepresented in STEM studies and careers. The 2020 Girls program is navigating challenging academic, social and cultural norms, ultimately working toward reversing this trend,” said Kirk Riley, ITEC’s executive director. “With support from these foundations and other generous donors, we can give more girls the opportunity to explore their interests in STEM.”

About ITEC

Mixing science and fun, ITEC ( builds tomorrow’s scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs. ITEC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works in the Capital Region to get children excited to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering  and math (STEM). ITEC’s mission is to enable Lansing area residents to acquire technological skills that will allow them to participate in a fast-paced global economy. For more information, visit


About R.E. Olds Foundation

Founded in 1914, the R.E. Olds Foundation is the oldest family/private foundation in the state of Michigan. The R.E.Olds Foundation is committed to the Greater Lansing community through the support of community-based education programs, focusing on youth and families, access to health care, animal welfare and environment issues. For more information, visit


About Joe D. Pentecost Foundation

The Joe D. Pentecost Foundation is a private foundation established by Joe D. Pentecost in 2002. The mission of the Foundation is to support and enrich the educational, social and economic life of the greater Lansing, Mich. area. The Foundation awards grants to qualified nonprofit organizations in these areas of support: higher education, alcoholic and drug abuse programs, improvement of after-school learning opportunities, youth education on health issues, scholarships to accredited universities or colleges and youth agencies. For more information, visit



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