Intel and YWCA Metro Phoenix Honored 20 Arizona Organizations with Equity in STEAM Grant

Nonprofits and local educational institutions will use grants and training to bridge racial and gender gaps as part of the STEAM Leadership Learning Series

Chandler, AZ (January 17, 2022) – intel company, Arizona’s largest technology manufacturer, was pleased to announce that 20 educational and nonprofit organizations have been selected as members of the Equity Initiative in STEAM, an initiative co-sponsored by YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix. The initiative has invested $50,000 to advance women and people of color into careers in science, technology, engineering, digital arts and math (STEAM).

Inaugural cohort recognized at City of Chandler’s 27th anniversaryand Annual Multicultural Festival and each organization received $2,500 to fund projects focused on increasing the representation of women and people of color in STEAM.

“With more than 40 years of history in Arizona, Intel is honored to use its role in the state’s technology sphere to amplify the voices, lived experiences, and professional expertise of Arizonans throughout the nation. state, which will help propel our industry toward a more diverse and inclusive future,” said Jennifer Sanchez, community affairs manager at Intel Arizona.

“It’s so much more than a financial reward. All of our winners and nominees are making incredible progress in improving representation and progress in reducing existing inequalities and we are delighted to provide them with personalized training to help them succeed,” said Debbie Spaced, President and CEO of YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix.

The 12 nonprofits include: Arizona Alliance of Black School Educators, Arizona Educational Foundation, Arizona Students Recycling Used Technology, Arizona Sustainability Alliance, Arizona Town Hall, Boundless Brilliance, Education Empowers, Future for KIDS, Future Stars Inc., Lights Camera Discover, Live Love and the Southern Arizona Science and Engineering Research Foundation (SARSEF).

The eight educators are: Arizona College Preparatory High School, Basha High School, Biltmore Preparatory Academy, Cholla Middle School, Girls Innovation Academy, Kyrene Traditional Academy, Red Mountain High School, and Saguaro High School.

The Equity in STEAM initiative was announced by Intel and YWCA in September 2021 and applications were received until November 30, 2021. In addition to receiving grants to fund programs and projects, winners will also be part of the first YWCA Equity Leadership Learning Series which includes six equity workshops to facilitate conversations and learnings exploring the intersection of social equity and STEAM. Funding will go to a variety of projects across Arizona, including:

  • Mentoring programs and workshops for women and students
  • Resources and learning materials for school robotics programs
  • Workforce readiness programs

The Equity in STEAM Leadership Series cohort, made up of educators from K-12 public or charter schools, or higher education, and representatives from 501(c)(3) organizations with a budget less than $1 million in the last fiscal year in Arizona, will use the grants to create and continue implementing STEAM education-focused programs. Grants will be administered by YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix.

Program details and documents from past initiatives are available at

About Intel in Arizona: Intel began operations in Arizona in 1979 and today is home to more than 12,000 Arizonans who develop and manufacture technology that is the foundation for addressing some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Email or call Linda Qian ([email protected], 480-552-4086) with questions.

About YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix: Since 1912, YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix has had a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, champion social justice, help families and strengthen communities by creating safe spaces for courageous conversations and providing services to various populations to ensure their prosperity. YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix is ​​part of an international movement serving more than 2 million people in the United States and 25 million worldwide. For more information, contact Genevieve Villegas (602-320-7283 or [email protected]).