You can help #SupportGirlsInSTEM! Since 2014, URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy and Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) have partnered in the work of changing the world, one female engineer, doctor, and rocket scientist at a time! In our inaugural summer, only 27 girls attended Sci-Tech, and now after our sixth summer, we have 113! That’s over 4 times as many young women at camp than we did that first year, all thanks to the amazing work of WRJ! But our work is not done!
Last year, with the help of Women of Reform Judaism, we were awarded a matching grant from the Genesis Foundation. This grant has been the catalyst for our new #SupportGirlsInSTEM campaign. This campaign will enable Sci-Tech to inspire a love of STEM in even more girls!
There is currently a major gender gap in STEM professions, and our desire is to close that gap and change the landscape of women in STEM. Currently, only 26% of the STEM workforce is female and although women comprise more than 20% of engineering graduates, only 11% of practicing engineers are women. While the percentage of girls in our program is higher than the national average, we want to set an even higher bar for ourselves and our community!
Almost every girl at camp has felt the impact of a scholarship from WRJ in the last five years, and now, with the help of you and the Genesis Foundation, we can make an even bigger impact! Our goal is to raise the average percentage of girls at Sci-Tech from 30% to 40%, and with your help and the WRJ partnership, we’re confident that we can build a bridge over that gender gap!
There are four ways to join the #SupportGirlsInSTEM campaign at Sci-Tech Academy this year:
1. Donate! Donate during our end-of-year scholarship campaign! Not only will you help make the experience of camp possible for campers of all genders, you’ll also receive some amazing #SupportGirlsInSTEM swag!
2. Send Your Daughter to Camp! Girls who attend Sci-Tech for the first time in Summer 2020 will receive a $200 scholarship from WRJ for their first summer!
3. Refer a Girl, Get a Rebate! Save $200 off your own tuition if you refer a girl camper who comes to Sci-Tech for the first time in Summer 2020!
4. Share! Share our “Support Girls in STEM” video and talk about you #SupportGirlsInSTEM! Don’t forget to tag @URJSciTechEast! Stay tuned for more details throughout November and December on our Facebook and Instagram accounts!
We are grateful for your support and the support of WRJ for empowering the next generation of women in STEM. Thank you for helping us make a positive change, one proton at a time!