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Million Women Mentors Partnership with SkillsUSA

May 1st, 2014

SkillsUSA has a strategic partnership with Million Women Mentors, an initiative to identify mentors of young women who are interested in or are actively pursuing education and careers in STEM-related fields. Any SkillsUSA teacher/advisor, male or female, delivering a STEM-related curriculum who has a female student(s) in his or her class can be recognized as a mentor. Enlisting and retaining more women in STEM occupations benefits both the U.S. economy and the young women themselves.  You can find some compelling statistics about women in the STEM workforce at: www.millionwomenmentors.org/#awareness.

Individuals or schools can sign a “Pledge to Mentor” at MWM’s home page: www.millionwomenmentors.org/#home. Click on the button by that name, then click on “Individual” or “Educational Institution” under the “Type” pull-down menu. In the space for “Company/Organization,” type in your school’s name and append “—SkillsUSA” after your school’s name. There are no obligations involved in signing up beyond your continuing efforts to encourage and mentor young women in their STEM interests and education.  Million Women Mentors is an awareness and engagement campaign of STEMconnector that seeks to enlist one million mentors of young women interested in STEM-related careers.

Million Women Mentors Initiative

November 29th, 2013

SkillsUSA has signed on as a partner to the “Million Women Mentors” initiative co-sponsored by STEMconnector and the National Girls Collaborative Project. The goal is to engage one million male and female Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics mentors from business, academe, government and non-profit sectors to increase the interest and confidence of girls and young women to persist and succeed in STEM programs, coursework, degrees and careers.

Other partners include Google, Accenture, Cisco, Walmart and 4-H. There are no financial obligations involved in the partnership. At some point, SkillsUSA will be counting and reporting on our female students in STEM-related curricula, national contests and the teachers and business partners that work with them. I will be attending the announcement of this initiative at an event at the National Press Club on December 8.

 


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