5 Organizations That Are Encouraging Young Girls and Women To Pursue STEM Careers.

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1. Michelle in Training.

Based in Washington, D.C., Michelle in Training (MiT) encourages young girls in D.C.’s public school system by pairing them with mentors through a rigorous training program “designed to immerse them in the MiT skills: social intelligence, health & wellness and leadership.”

Founded by entrepreneur Kat Calvin, STEM careers are a major focus of the organization. According to Calvin, “We have a special focus on STEM because these days that is a profession and a life skill.”

2. Black Girls Code.

Black Girls Code was founded by Kimberly Bryant, who has a background in electrical engineering and programming. Throughout her college career Bryant noticed that she rarely saw women that looked like her. The mission of Black Girls Code is “to introduce programming and technology to a new generation of coders, coders who will become builders of technological innovation and of their own futures.”

3. National Girls Collaborative Project.

The National Girls Collaborative Project is an initiative partially funded by National Science Foundation. The project works with schools in 39 states to ” effectively reach and serve underrepresented girls in STEM,” through the use of collaborative networks.

4. The SpelBots at Spellman College.

Founded in 2004 by Andrew Williams, Ph.D., the SpelBots Robotics team at Spellman College was created to inspire young women and young students to pursue STEM careers.

5. Girls Inc. Operation SMART.

Girls Inc. Operation SMART® “develops girls’ enthusiasm for and skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).” The organization works to increase interest in STEM careers junior high, and building on these concepts throughout high school.