I love to volunteer. Thankfully, over the last five years, I’ve had the ability to do a lot of it. One of my passions is educating girls in STEAM fields: science, technology, engineering, art and math.
Even though I don’t actually work in any of those fields, I feel like I had given up on it early. My grades stayed at As and Bs throughout high school and in college (except one class) in those fields. I didn’t consider it a possibility because I didn’t know anyone else going into it. I wanted friendship and comradery and I just didn’t see it in those fields.
How I wish I made a different choice. How I wish I followed some of those passions instead of what was expected of me. What I can do is help the next generation understand that they aren’t pigeonholed into one field and they can do more than they ever dreamed.
One of the organizations that I work with regularly is the WFPBC.
The Women’s Foundation of Palm Beach County
The Women’s Foundation of Palm Beach County (WFPBC) will host our 8th Annual Girls Leadership Institute & STEM Academy (GLI/STEM) twice in 2017. The first program will be held on May 20, 2017 at Palm Beach State College in Palm Beach Gardens. An additional program day will be held in September at the Palm Beach State College campus in Belle Glade (Date TBD).
The free and interactive programs provide training and support for underserved girls in PBC. The program is aimed at developing middle and high school girls’ leadership skills and passion in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). We will provide this program for 300 girls in 2017 with your help.
The WFPBC is looking for companies in the STEM fields to participate in the two 2017 programs in a number of different ways. If you can help us by volunteering in one or all of the ways below or even connecting us with a company or local STEM professional you know, we’d greatly appreciate the support.
We invite companies and organizations to set up a table during breakfast to provide information about the work you do. We also ask that you have someone at the table to answer questions and speak with participants.
STEM Project Workshops
We are looking for volunteers to lead workshops. Each will guide a group of girls through a STEM-based project. Some examples include building a bridge from food products or building a robot or designing a website. The student groups will work with the project leaders from your company.
Women in STEM Careers Lunch Program
We are looking for women who are currently working in a STEM career to share their experience and passion with participants during the lunch hour as part of a “speed mentoring” program.
STEM Follow-Up Field Trips
We are identifying local STEM activities where girls and their parents can come as a follow-up field trip in PBC. Maybe your company can arrange a tour of your facility or you are a nature preserve or a museum with special STEM exhibits.
After-School Programs & Internships
We are identifying after-school STEM programs where girls can receive continuing enrichment and we also want to share STEM internship programs with the girls.
Please complete this short online form https://tinyurl.com/GLISTEM2017 to share your interest in participating in the 2017 Girls Leadership Institute & STEM Academy. You can learn more about WFPBC on our website WomensFoundationPBC.org. If you have any further questions please contact 561-206-2319 or email Alex@WomensFoundationPBC.org.