Pennsylvania STEM Girls Collaborative Project
The Pennsylvania STEM Girls Collaborative Project is committed to engaging 3,000 STEM mentors over the next three years across Pennsylvania as part of the Million Women Mentors movement. We are working to build a strong group of STEM professionals ready to mentor and serve as needed role models to encourage girls to consider STEM majors and careers.
According to the Pennsylvania STEM Girls Collaborative Project Team Lead, Lisa Kovalchick, “Our Collaborative works first hand with a variety of STEM organizations that are interested in including mentors in their activities; we are excited about the opportunity to support STEM mentoring throughout the state.”
In 2015, the Collaborative will continue to engage mentors in Pennsylvania by participating in NGCP social media campaigns to promote the MWM initiative; partnering with local business, industry and government entities also participating in the MWM initiative to maximize mentor pledges in our region; supporting local mentors with opportunities to actively role model/mentor through the FabFems Project and our local NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award Affiliate; and promoting opportunities to pledge through the Million Women Mentors initiative via the PA STEM Girls Collaborative e-newsletter, email messaging, events, and social media platforms; and last, but certainly not least, actively providing opportunities for mentors to receive quality training through the dissemination of programs like Techbridge’s Role Models Matter training program. Over the past 2 years, we have provided eight Techbridge Role Models Matter training workshops, where we have trained over 200 people from over 100 different organizations throughout Pennsylvania. Many of these people have used the train-the-trainer model provided by Techbridge to educate others in their organization.