Mentors Make the Difference
STEM INDUSTRIES AND EDUCATION ARE FACING A MAJOR DIVERSITY GAP
Mentors can help bridge the gap for girls in communities of color by helping them realize...
"What I can SEE I can BE"
Mentors share the meaning they make in their work, the types of problems they solve in their work, and how they solve them. They help girls develop STEAM learning and translate that learning to daily life scenarios.
"I CAN do hard things successfully"
Mentors help girls overcome math anxiety and stereotype threat.
Stereotype threat around STEM can be reduced through “WISE mentoring.” WISE mentors (women in science and engineering) in which students are assured that although the work which they are being asked to do is challenging, they do indeed have the ability to succeed at it.
"I am an INNOVATOR and a LEADER"
Mentors model leadership through business ownership, career and financial success, and leading innovative ideas in media, arts, and technology. Girls learn to strategize and plan for the life and career that they want through business and financial literacy, college and career planning.
What STEAM Mentoring Accomplishes...
Mentor girls to develop an interest in STEAM and STEAM learning activities.
“I like to do this.”
Mentor girls to develop a capacity to productively engage in STEAM learning activities.
“I can do this.”
Mentor girls to see themselves as possible actors in STEAM and demand industry careers
“I can see myself here.”
Mentor girls to value the goals of STEAM and STEAM learning activities and how they change the world.
“This is important in the world and to me."