Mentoring, Science, Women of color, NexGene Girls

NGG programs are facilitated by female STEM professionals and fill the after school gap reaching students who have not been inspired to pursue STEM careers

Founded in 2011, NexGeneGirls delivers mentoring and after-school enrichment in STEM learning. Serving girls ages 8-17 in San Francisco’s BayView Hunters Point, Visitacion Valley and Sunnydale communities. NexGeneGirls provides four to six-week program cycles of two hour weekly workshops, where girls engage in hands-on experimentation taught by female STEM professionals. Classes are held at the Willie Mays Boys and Girls Club in BayView Hunters Point in the southeast sector of San Francisco, with supplemental field trips to local bio-science companies.

Vision
Women and girls of color will excel in science, technology, engineering, and math fields and bring diverse cultural perspectives of inquiry, ideas, and innovations to enhance progressive societies of leaders and thinkers of the 21st century.

Mission
NexGeneGirls provides opportunities for young girls of color from low-income communities to participate in scientific processes through fun, hands-on science activities, lab experiments, and workshops that convey scientific principles while building self-confidence and developing the skills to problem-solve using math and technology.

Women leaders and STEM professionals mentor and inspire NexGeneGirls participants to pursue STEM careers and help to reaffirm our vision to increase diversity in the fields of science, technology, and engineering. We support participants dreams of breaking the cycle of underrepresented and changing perceptions to create a culture of opportunity for young girls.

Organizational Goals

  • Building interest in science through inquiry-based, hands-on participation, encouraging the development of a personal connection to science
  • Developing participant self-confidence, motivation, and ambition by teaching foundational skills in science, innovative-thinking, and leadership
  • Increasing exposure to women mentors and role models in STEM fields to dispel stereotypical notions of “girls aren’t good at math” and showing that girls can be scientist and engineers
  • Promoting a positive sense of identity in science through role models leading to high engagement in STEM education
  • Strengthening and supporting higher education aspirations and economic empowerment for young women of color.

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