- Listing Type: Summer Programs
- Program Delivery: Day
- Session Length: Two Weeks
- Entering Grade: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
- Gender: Girls Only
- Category: STEM
- Sub-Categories: Computer Science, Mathematics
- Selective: No
- Ages: 12, 13, 14
- Minimum Cost: Free
TechGYRLS was developed by the YWCA USA in order to address the still-evident and significant gender gap in girls development of interest and skills in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
In 2014, YWCA USA became a partner with the Million Women Mentors initiative in order to strengthen STEM programming for girls and young women across the country. Million Women Mentors (MWM) is an initiative of STEMconnector, a company which works closely with corporations and organizations to assist in corporate development, corporate structure and smart STEM investments. The goal of MWM is to captivate one million mentors to link with one million girls and young professionals for their STEM careers.
TechGYRLS goal is to create a safe learning environment for girls ages 9-14 to help them gain interest, confidence and competence in Science, Technology, Engineering, Entrepreneurship and Math (SteM.) TechGYRLS concentrates on these five areas because studies have shown that girls tend to fall behind boys in these key areas beginning in middle school and continuing through high school.
Held afterschool in diverse and underserved communities throughout Lake County, TechGYRLS help girls to discover and enhance their interests in SteM. The girls learn through fun, hands-on projects and activities that encourage them to think about pursuing careers in these fields. Activities include science projects, robotics competition, IT Empowerment Day, field trips, spring break and summer camps, job shadowing at corporations and community service.
Last year, over 400 girls participated in the 11 TechGYRLS programs throughout Lake County.