Mentoring and Hands-on Learning Encouraging Young Women in STEM

More and more organizations are joining the fight to close the gap between sexes in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. These programs, rely on hands-on learning and mentoring to show girls that they can succeed in these fields and to help girls hold on to their confidence related to science and math.

Science Club for Girls works with girls after school to connect them with mentors who allow these girls to test out their skills on their own using real-world examples. This mentorship and hands-on learning are vital to the success and confidence of these girls.

Watch to see how great these types of programs are for young girls!

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SheShinesOn…Kate Pickle, Science Club for Girls

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As Senior Program Director, she manages the oversight and growth of SCFG's K-12 programming.

Grew up in Maine

Her last vacation was a US coast-to-coast road trip

Best gift she ever received was a 3-week Eurorail pass, with which she travelled throughout Germany

Q: What did you do before joining Science Club for Girls?

I started my career in environmental consulting focused on dredge material management, but my desire to teach never left me. As I discovered the field of informal education, I realized it was a perfect fit for me and the way I learned personally. I have spent the last 12+ years of my career working both locally and nationally – mostly through Girl Scouts – to engage youth to explore the world around them, find their passion, and follow their dreams.

Q: 12 years is a a lot of experience! Of that time what has best prepared you to work with SCFG?

Every step along my winding and varied career path has prepared me for the next step. Having started with a background in science, I am better able to make the connection between STEM professionals and the importance of our mission. Through my work in and with small, local non-profits to large, national organization and companies, I have gained invaluable insight into the opportunities and challenges in a wide variety of groups. Each of these experiences and partnerships have strengthened my skills in program development and implementation, grant management, community engagement, partnership building, stewardship, and strategic thinking.

Q: Has anything in your work with SCFG surprised you?

The organizations I have worked with over my career have always relied on volunteers to present their programs – and ideally we have always wanted folks who work and/or study in the fields associated to the content we offer – not always an easy task. I am not only impressed by the dedication of our volunteers, but also by the volunteer management structure that has been put in place to support and inspire them. I believe that volunteers feel that they get as much out of working with us as they give to us and our girls. Everyday that I go out to a program and talk with the girls and parents we serve, I hear about how our program has helped girls understand passions and future opportunities available to them that they may never thought possible: be it an interest in STEM or the simple idea that college is an option.  With the help of our amazing volunteers, we are able to make those real-world connections that help girls truly see themselves in these fields.

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BUILD Alum Finds His Path

Watch Carlos tell the story of finding his path through entrepreneurship with BUILD.

BUILD’s mission is to use entrepreneurship to excite and propel disengaged, low-income students through high school to college success.

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SheGives Joins the National #GivingTuesday Movement To Encourage Spending With A Purpose

 

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SheGives has joined #GivingTuesday, a first of its kind effort that will harness the collective power of a unique blend of partners—charities, families, businesses and individuals—to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. Coinciding with the Thanksgiving Holiday and the kickoff of the holiday shopping season, #GivingTuesday will inspire people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they support and help create a better world. Taking place December 2, 2014 – the Tuesday after Thanksgiving – #GivingTuesday will harness the power of social media to create a national moment around the holidays dedicated to giving, similar to how Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become days that are, today, synonymous with holiday
shopping.

This year SheGives is asking  for your help in making a gift to one of the extraordinary nonprofits on our slate.  Instead of giving and receiving conventional gifts this holiday season, have you considered asking for or making a charitable donation instead?  SheGives has put together a list of gift-giving options for the nonprofits on the SheGives slate, and we’ll be sharing these with you over the coming two weeks leading up to #GivingTuesday.

Join our #GivingTuesday initiative by following us on Facebook & Twitter as we highlight the nonprofits on our slate and the impact a gift to them this holiday season could have.

 

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Engineering Adventures Curriculum Awarded to 14 Out-of-School Programs

This week, Engineering is Elementary announced that, thanks to contributions from SheGives, 14 new out-of-school programs will receive the Engineering Adventures curriculum. The programs selected are working to close the opportunity gap for groups that remain underrepresented in STEM careers, such as women and minorities. With help from SheGives, EiE was able to award 30 scholarships in September of this year, bringing the total number of programs aided this year up to 44. 

One notable scholarship recipient from the first round of awards in September is South Sudanese Enrichment for Families (SSEF) located in Malden. SSEF is a nonprofit that works to advance education and employment for South Sudanese refugees and their families. The program got its start in 2001 when, in the wake of the world’s longest civil war, more than two hundred “Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan” were resettled in Boston. “Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan” is the name aid workers gave to the more than 20,000 children (most of them about 7 or 8 years old) who in 1983 were displaced from their homes by civil war in the Sudan; many of these children were also orphaned. In harrowing months-long treks, they walked hundreds of miles with little food or water to reach Ethiopia—and then spent years in a refugee camp. Among the meager possessions they carried with them, some brought books, an expression of their hope for a good education in the future. Ultimately, a resettlement program brought many of these children—grown to young adults—to the United States. 

Photo credit: Ellen Morgan of South Sudanese Enrichment for Families

Photo credit: Ellen Morgan of South Sudanese Enrichment for Families

One of the ways SSEF supports the local South Sudanese community is through its Saturday Bridges program, which brings entire families to a local school where instructors offer educational (and fun) programs for the kids and continuing education and parenting workshops for the adults. “We know how important STEM education has become in schools, and offering supplemental STEM education through our program is an important goal,” says SSEF executive director Ron Moulton. “So we have a coding program, we’ve embraced the Maker movement—and we’re always on the lookout for new STEM activities. We have a fairly small budget, so we look for cost-effective ways to add programming. When we heard about the scholarship, it seemed like a good fit.”

Photo credit: Ellen Morgan of South Sudanese Enrichment for Families

Photo credit: Ellen Morgan of South Sudanese Enrichment for Families

“I like that Engineering Adventures is pretty easy to pick up and use right away,” says Saturday Bridges program director Moses Ajou. “It’s not so highly technical or complex that it requires special knowledge to get started—we can use it effectively right out of the box.” 

Photo credit: Ellen Morgan of South Sudanese Enrichment for Families

Photo credit: Ellen Morgan of South Sudanese Enrichment for Families

In addition to the classroom experiences in the Saturday Bridges program, SSEF also provides tutors for STEM enrichment and to support adults in advancing English skills, expanding job readiness or pursuing higher education. They are always looking for more volunteers. Call 781-322-0063 or email southsudaneseboston@gmail.com for more details.

Engineering is Elementary is a project of the National Center for Technological Literacy at the http://www.mos.org/. You can read more about what they’re up to on their blog.

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SheShinesOn…Ashley Stanley, Lovin’ Spoonfuls

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Founder/Executive Director of Lovin' Spoonfuls

Grew up in Wellesley, MA

Before founding LS, she worked in high-end retail as a creative behind store design

Credits her hard work ethic to her considerable time spent in athletics as a youth

What would you like the SheGives community to know about food rescue?

I want us as a community to keep our eyes on the ball here – let’s not try and industrialize hunger, hunger relief or food rescue. The point is really to streamline the holes in our food system AND our social service system.

What has the community been saying about Lovin’ Spoonfuls?

I’m flattered when folks say we’re innovative and that I’m an entrepreneur, but I’m not sure this is the space for an influx of start-ups. Lovin’ Spoonfuls is a much needed response to some holes in the system.

How can we all help to solve the issue of food waste?

Not wasting food begins at home – collectively, we can put real value back into how we look at, treat and consume food. Get yourself educated about food, the food system and about how solvable this problem really is!

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Assigning of US Teachers to Focus on Equity

US Public schools are now required by the Obama administration to put plans in place to show how they will comply with the law that the poor and racial minorities should not be taught by inexperienced and unqualified teachers more than other groups of students.

The experience of a teacher will be measured along with certification, salary and absenteeism. The evaluations of teachers are also being reviewed to ensure those with lower ratings are not getting assigned to schools where racial minorities and poverty abound more than teachers with higher ratings. States must ensure that teachers are being equally distributed based on both their experience and their credentials.

The President of the American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten, agrees with this process and commented, “The rhetoric around this process has changed…to ‘What’s the plan to attract and support and retain qualified and well-prepared teachers for the kids who need it most.’ ”

A superintendent in a Maryland school system, Joshua Starr, doesn’t think it is sufficient to find the best teachers and principals and place them where they are most needed. He thinks creating a supportive school culture, which he calls an “ecosystem”, is what is most important and something that all districts should strive for.

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WhoIsShe? SheGives Leadership Circle Member Kate Enroth

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Married with 3 children

Enjoys reading and skiing in the winter, and is learning to play tennis

Favorite food is pizza (honestly!)

Admits that she actually enjoys listening to pop music on the radio while driving with her children

Her last vacation was a 10 day safari in Kenya!

Born and raised in New York, now living in Beacon Hill

Q: Out of everything going on in your life right now, what would you say is the most exciting?

A: The most exciting thing going on in my life right now has to do with a weekend house my husband and I bought in Middletown, Rhode Island. We are renovating this house with a beautiful view of Second Beach that is adjacent to St. George’s School where our daughter is in her Sophomore year of high school.

Q: That sounds amazing! Middletown is gorgeous. So, outside of those renovations, how do you enjoy spending your time?

A: I really enjoy the time I spend on volunteer work for local organizations in Beacon Hill like the Nichols House Museum, The Beacon Hill Circle of Charity and The Friends of the Public Garden.

Q: Wow, sounds like you’ve got a lot going on! Now, let’s switch gears for a second and talk about your involvement with SheGives. What made you want to become a SheGives Leadership Circle Member?

A: I wanted to support the leadership circle because I think the creation of SheGives has been such an exciting success, and I understand that it took the founding board members a lot of time and energy to get us this far. I am grateful for all they have done, and I want to help in some way to make it succeed in the future.

Q: One last question: who brought you into SheGives and what do you like best about her?

A: I know both Kirstan Barnett and Kathy Taudvin from my book club. We have been in the same small book club for over ten years together. What I like best about both of them is that they are smart, fun women and are inspired to start this amazing giving circle to help people in need.  Plus, they are both wonderful cooks which makes our book club meetings a true delight!

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WhoIsShe is a regular column featuring an appreciative but sometimes irreverent conversation with a SheGives Member.

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RAW Art Works’ Kit Jenkins honored with Community Advocacy Award

Eastern Bank honored Kit Jenkins this past week with their Community Advocacy Award. This award recognizes people who have given their time and talents to address a need within their communities. Jenkins, Co-founder of  RAW Art Works, has dedicated her life to enriching the lives of disadvantaged children through art.

“For more than 25 years, Kit has passionately helped children and teens working as an art therapist and as a leader in the not-for-profit community,” said Richard E. Holbrook, chairman and CEO of Eastern Bank. “My work with and for youth is not just a job — it is a calling … a calling that becomes louder as time goes on and I witness young lives changed in such positive ways due to what RAW provides,”  said Jenkins, who oversees RAW’s fiscal management and coordination of fundraising efforts.

RAW provides free art classes to children between the ages of 6 and 19 in Lynn, integrating leadership development, life and work skills, mentoring, and employment and college preparation into the class offerings.

RAW was recently recognized when a group of middle school students involved in the Real to Reel program recreated the 1984 trailer to Ghostbusters.  The trailer features student directors Emily Silva, Isaac Dreeben, Lizzy Embick, Mia Ventola, Sidney St. Ives, and Taryn Osborne as gender-reversed versions of the film’s iconic characters. The work is completely student produced (even the costumes were made by the students).

You can watch these incredibly talented kids in action in this trailer for GhostBOSters:

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SheShinesOn… Laura Menucci, RAW Art Works

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Art Therapist and Program Manager

In her 8th year working at RAW

Has worked in Residential Treatment and in-patient psychiatric treatment for children and adolescents as well as an art teacher in community programs

Working at RAW Art Works, she has learned to listen with her head and her heart

Grew up in Massachusetts

The best gift she has ever received is her grandmother's engagement ring

Q: Could you please describe your job in one sentence?

A: Ignite the confidence to create and confidence to succeed in underserved youth.

Q: What previous job or training best prepared you for your work at RAW Art Works?

A: Developing lesson plans as a part-time teacher was especially helpful in preparing me for developing creative concepts for the many groups I facilitate. We primarily run group programming where youth are asked to respond to compelling questions through a meaningful creative process. My undergraduate degree, in studio art, which exposed me to many different approaches to being creative, is the root of the work I do with the youth at RAW.

Q: What has been the hardest part about your job?

A: Helping kids help themselves and when they don’t believe that they can.

Q: Finally, what do you think the world would be like without RAW Art Works?

AA world without bridges – making it difficult to connect, explore and broaden perspectives.

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