Calling all STEM Lovers and Girl Empowerment Supporters (GLI/STEM Academy)

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 to share your interest in participating in the 2017 Girls Leadership Institute & STEM Academy.  You can learn more about WFPBC on our website  If you have any further questions please contact 561-206-2319 or email


15 comments on “Calling all STEM Lovers and Girl Empowerment Supporters (GLI/STEM Academy)”

  1. This is so awesome! STEM is the future, and we need to encourage our girls to get in on that action. They can do and be anything with our support.

  2. Vera Sweeney says:

    These are all wonderful. My daughter has recently started showing an interest in a few aspects of STEM, and I’m doing my best to encourage that trend.

  3. Doria says:

    How cool! I think it’s so great that STEM has garnered such steam with the younger generations and hasn’t been gender-focused. 🙂

  4. Joely Smith says:

    My daughter was able to attend a STEM fair when she was younger. It was one of the best and most memorable experiences of her youth! I was lucky to get to attend as well. I was SO impressed by the presenters, and the organizers. Every girl should get to attend one!

  5. My kids have been to a stem fair before and they absolutely love it!

  6. Rebecca Swenor says:

    The Women’s Foundation of Palm Beach County’s events are something amazing in my opinion. I think it is great that more women today are achieving their dreams in the STEM fields. Thanks for sharing the information.

  7. The WFPBC sounds like a wonderful organization. It’s so important to encourage girls to pursue the sciences. I’ll have to check to see if there’s something like that in my area.

  8. uprunforlife says:

    I love that this information empowers parents to encourage their daighters to go for their dream in the STEM field. I initially started working towards my nursing degree and ended up switching to a career in the IT field. Even though I am not able to work in the field due to chronic illness. I do know a bit of coding so it comes in handy.

  9. Eloise says:

    I’m getting my daughter into this, she has a love for Math and science which I want her to pursue if that is her interest… thank goodness times have changed and are more accepting to woman being in the field… great job volunteering : )

  10. My daughter is a senior at a STEM school. I love to see her more empowered than had she been to a regular high school. k

  11. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    My Daughter has always loved science. Stem is so important for girls to get into. There are so many great activities you can do with them.

  12. Love it! I think it’s so great that STEM has motivated the younger generations!

  13. My kids are a part of a STEM coop that I run. We do a lot of science things, but mix in the others with it. It’s a lot of fun

  14. What a fantastic program. Encouraging girls to learn about STEM is such an important thing.

  15. aziel morte says:

    Science fairs are valuable learning experiences for students. Participating in a Science Fair creativity and innovation
    critical thinking and problem solving
    communication and collaboration
    initiative and self-direction.

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