Despite the rich STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) culture in California, girls continue to select out of formal and informal STEM learning opportunities. As a result, the STEM workforce in California is suffering from a lack of diversity and equity.
The Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley is actively addressing this need by partnering with the National Girls Collaborative Project to convene the California Girls in STEM (CalGirlS), the California regional affiliate. CalGirlS is a grassroots effort lead by STEM leaders in California including organizations that promote and support girls’ development and education.
The goals of CalGirlS and the NGCP are to:
- Strengthen the capacity of girl-serving STEM programs to effectively reach and serve underrepresented girls in STEM by sharing promising practice research and program models, outcomes, and products.
- Increase the effectiveness of Collaboratives by providing professional development focused on sustainability, organizational effectiveness, and shared leadership to more effectively deliver services to girl-serving STEM organizations.
- Maximize K-12 school counselors’ access to and use of relevant, high-quality resources that increase awareness of barriers to girls’ interest and engagement in STEM.
If your organization would like to promote and list your girl-serving STEM education program, add your program to the NGCP Directory today.
Mini Grants Available
Are you a CalGirlS member and have a new project that needs some funding? Are there new people and organizations that you met at the kick off that you want to work with? This is the perfect time for you to plan a new program for the upcoming summer.
We have seed funding available to encourage collaborations among organizations in California.
The deadline is February 15, 2013
and the decision date is March 1, 2013.
Mini grants are awarded to girl-serving science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) focused programs to support collaboration, address gaps and overlaps in service, and share exemplary practices. Learn more about CalGirlS' STEM mini grants and apply today.
Read about a great example of a successful mini-grant project between Techbridge and UC Berkeley.