Keyot is committed to giving back to the community at large. We invite everyone in the organization, along with their families, to donate time to those in need.
Here are Keyot’s most recent happenings:
Go Red for Women
In 2004, the American Heart Association (AHA) faced a challenge. Cardiovascular disease claimed the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year, yet women were not paying attention. In fact, many even dismissed it as an older man’s disease. To dispel the myths and raise awareness of heart disease & stroke as the number one killer of women, the American Heart Association created Go Red For Women, a passionate, emotional, social initiative designed to empower women to take charge of their heart health.
Staff from Keyot serve on the Executive Leadership team and, along with Crew 212, are extremely involved in the yearly “Go Red for Women” event as our annual “give back” team activity. Together, Keyot and The American Heart Association are building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
Million Women Mentors
Million Women Mentors supports the engagement of one million Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) mentors (male and female) to increase the interest and confidence of girls and women to persist and succeed in STEM programs and careers.
MWM is an initiative of STEMconnector in collaboration with over 60+ partners reaching over 30 million girls and women, 45+ corporate sponsors, and 35+ state leadership teams.
Keyot supports the Minnesota, Iowa, and National efforts for Million Women Mentors. Through Keyot’s Crew212 program and our strong belief in helping to build future leaders in the technology field, we are instrumental in supporting the MWM initiative and the future of women in technology.
YWCA of Minneapolis
The YWCA of Minneapolis is a nonprofit organization striving to eliminate racism, empower women and girls and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. The YWCA annually serves 25,000 people through five areas of focus: Health and Wellness, Girls and Youth, Racial Justice, Public Policy and Early Childhood Education.
The YWCA Early Childhood Education Program serves more than 420 infants, toddlers, pre-school and school-age children annually. In 2012, 72 percent were from low-income households and 77 percent were children of color. Keyot’s, Laura Kelly is an active member of this board in hopes of empowering women and their dreams. For more information, please visit www.ywcampls.org.
Operation Minnesota Nice
Operation Minnesota Nice (OMN) is an organization that facilitates the donations and delivery of care packages to America’s armed forces overseas that don’t have family or friends supporting them. It started in early 2004 when a soldier wrote his mother thanking her for a care package and letter, but asked if she would send a package to some of the other soldiers in his platoon who never receive mail. He said that his fellow service men and women were feeling forgotten and as though no one at home cared about the sacrifices they were making. She was so moved by her son’s words that she “adopted” the other soldiers sending them care packages every three or four weeks. The word spread about the dejected solders and soon family and friends began sending packages to other soldiers not receiving support. OMN was officially started soon after, and today OMN serves over 6,307 soldiers and ships more than 314,379 pounds annually. The packages sent have a huge impact on our soldiers deployed. Keyot has sent over 250 pounds of “care” items to our soldiers. We are proud to be AMERICANS!
Dress for Success
Dress for Success is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to “promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.” Dress for Success helps disadvantaged women interview and retain employment by giving them the professional attire and the support needed. Founded in 1997, Dress for Success has helped 550,000 women around the world. More than 3,000 organizations around the world turn to Dress for Success for career development services. Keyot is very active in the Twin Cities chapter of Dress for Success by providing professional mentorship, images coaching, and supporting their cause.
For more information we encourage you to read our most recent post about this great organization or visit their website.
Project Management for Kids
A special “project” close to our hearts! Keyot worked with the Gateway school in Woodbury, MN, helping the fourth grade class manage a fundraising effort focused on helping a grade school in Galveston, TX that was hit hard by Hurricane Ike. The class raised over $3,000, learning basic project planning, management, organizational, and team-building skills.