GIRLS OF COLOR NEED BETTER ACCESS TO AFTERSCHOOL ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS
A lack of access to high-quality STEAM enrichment programs has prevented many young women of color from acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary to obtain higher-paying careers in STEM fields. If we want to close the equity gap in STEM, young girls of color must have access to programs designed to increase science knowledge, build self-esteem, and generate interest in STEM careers.
Despite strong growth projections for STEM jobs with higher average salaries, Black and Brown women are less likely to pursue college degrees in physical science, math, engineering, and computer sciences.
Studies have shown that participating in high-quality afterschool STEM programs can have a huge impact.
They empower girls to see the real-world application of the sciences.
Develop greater confidence in science ability.
Build interest and a sense of belonging in STEM subjects.
Lead to increased interest in STEM careers.
If we increase the pipeline of young girls of color with the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a STEM career, they will enter the labor market in fields that offer more opportunities and better pay, thus improving their financial outcomes, and bringing much needed diversity to our STEM workforce.
Black and Brown women make up less than 7% of the total STEM workforce.
At the heart of the Full STEAM Forward (FSF) mission, lies our belief that the underrepresentation of women of color in STEM, begins with a lack of access to after-school science enrichment programs for young girls.
We’re changing the equation by offering:
Three years of free, high-quality afterschool STEAM programming
Synchronous classes, delivered online or in-person
Hands-on projects designed to encourage intellectual curiosity
Access to women of color in STEM fields to act as role models
An alumni program to ensure continued awareness of STEM opportunities
Our "Women in Science" Guest Speakers
"It was absolutely amazing to interact with your group and to listen to the girls’ input on everything!"
Jasleen Grewal, PhD
Amazon Web Services