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Girls in Technology (GIT) Mentor-Protégé Program

Organization/Program Support

Women in Technology has a sub-committee called Girls in Technology (GIT). GIT members are dedicated to initiating programs designed to create awareness and excitement and to educate and inspire girls in grades 6 through 12 to the vast array of opportunities available to women in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Program speakers, mentors and committee members volunteer their time to make a difference in the lives of our future generation. Programs are made possible through the generosity of corporate sponsorships and STEM for Her.

Program Descriptions and Results

The Mentor-Protégé sessions were held throughout the 2012-2013 school year. Two concurrent sessions were held in McLean, Virginia and Rockville, Maryland. More than 65 high school girls (38 in Virginia and 28 in Maryland) participated in the programs. The post-program feedback indicated that the programs did a great job meeting the goals to encourage girls to consider STEM-related careers and help them gain the confidence and knowledge they need to pursue these career paths. In comparing responses from protégés to pre- and post-program surveys conducted, the results showed:

  • A marked increase in the percentage of girls feeling very confident to pursue a career in a STEM-related field (greater than ten percentage points)
  • A significant increase in the percentage of girls who feel they understand very well the steps they need to take to pursue their career interest (from 24% to 55%)

The girls also overwhelmingly reported that they enjoyed and benefitted from the time mentors spent directly with them. The following quotes are from the protégés who participated in the programs:

  • “I enjoyed getting to interact with the other girls and mentors, especially the 30 minutes before the official program started because it provided time for people to socially connect with others.”
  • “I liked that these people were women who had been in our place few years ago and understood the challenges and fears we were facing and feeling.”
  • “I loved hearing about the mentors’ life experiences and how they got to where they are today.”
  • “I liked meeting different people with different experiences. I do wish that we had a little more time with the mentors, like another session or two with the same mentors.”
  • “My favorite part was getting to talk to different mentors each meeting and hearing each woman's unique story.”
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