Girls Empowerment S.T.E.M Initiative
A Peacemaking Project by Jacqueline M.
What is the injustice we are solving?
I host Girls STEM events to teach young low income girls about STEM since only 29% of the STEM workforce is female. I want to do my part to not only expose these girls to the wonderful world of STEM but let them know they can do anything. I also have inspiring female speakers talk to the girls about doing well in school and staying positive. I also peak to the girls about Anti-Bullying and about appropriate social media behavior.
Our Compassionate Solution:
To solve this injustice of A lack of women, especially women from low-income communities, in the STEM field
we will address The lack of STEM engagement available for young children
by Engaging girls in STEM at a young age by hosting my Girls Empowerment STEM Events, listening to empowering females who currently work in fields that involve STEM, and doing hands on science experiments, including making slime and elephant toothpaste
Our Project Plan:
- Since I have already hosted about 3 events already I know what to expect. I work with a community center so I always invite the local children I already work with to my events. I try to raise funds for my events as the materials are a bit expensive
- I invite local politicians to my events to see that support is needed and how worthwhile my cause is.
We will increase my / our compassion by...
Talking with the girls about giving back to their communities, not being bullies and being kind to one another.
How will you show courage?
I show courage by letting the girls know that I am passionate about getting girls involved in STEM and that planning my Girls STEM Empowerments isn't easy but I am not happy with the fact that only 29% of females are in the STEM workforce and even a smaller percentage is females so I am doing my part to hopefully raise that number.
How will you collaborate with others?
I invite local politicians to my events so they can see its trul worthwhile and they see the children in action gaining hands on experiments. I also invite females that are currently working the fields of STEM to inspire the girls that they can do it also.
How will you know you are moving in the right direction? (What are specific ways you can measure your impact?)
I know I am moving in the right direction because I have held several of these and people keep asking me when I will host more of them. However, due to not having funds I cannot do the events as often as I would like to.
- Invite girls from the local community center to attend the events
- Try to raise more funds so I can continue to make a positive impact on the girls in my community
How did the project deepen your team's understanding of the injustice?
The injustice for my Girls Empower STEM Initiative is that there is as a lack of representation of women from low income communities in the STEM field. By hosting my event and speaking with the girls about Alexa Irene Canady who was the 1st African-American medical doctor specializing in neurosurgery they could see that STEM can be a career for them. We also spoke about all the ladies from the Hidden Figures books and did really cool Science experiments.
How did your community change as a result of your project?
Many of the girls were surprised that Science could be so much fun. The girls kept saying " this is so cool" and " I didn't know that I could make that". It was so nice to see their faces when we did the experiments and they saw the chemical reactions changing before their very eyes.
How many people were impacted by your project?
Explain how you came up with the number of people impacted by the project?
I went to the local community center to the experiments and to speak to the girls about STEM.
How did your team learn more about the people affected by the injustice?
We saw the girls that were from the local community center and they never had access to this type of programming and had never seen Science in a fun way before. It was nice to give back to my community and expose the girls to STEM.
What did your team learn?
We learned that the girls were so grateful for the opportunity to be apart of this and we defintely need to more events to encourage more girls to pursue STEM.
What challenges did your team overcome?
We didn't face any challenges.
How have you involved others in designing, carrying out, or expanding this project?
We are going to try to host another event in August and involve for people from the community as well as invite entrepreneurs, and local politicians. We are reaching out to people to help design the event in August and try to recruit volunteers.
What advice would you give to someone starting a peacemaking project?
I would say to make sure you are passionate about it and it will show when you carry out your project. Also, to make sure its well planned, take lots of pictures.