Science Club For Girls

Rating: 4.88 stars   56 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth

Location: PO Box 390544 Cambridge MA 02139 USA

Mission: Science Club for Girls increases the confidence and literacy in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) of K-12th grade girls belonging to groups that are underrepresented in these fields, through free programs that include hands-on learning, mentorship, and leadership opportunities. Girls work with mentor-scientists who model and foster leadership, affirm college as an expectation, and promote careers in science and technology as goals and options. In other words, we create an environment where girls have fun doing science and engineering, connecting with female mentors in those fields, and give older girls a chance to grow as guides and leaders! P.S. We were voted the 2009 Nonprofit of the Year by the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce.
Results: We have a 80% return rate for girls in elementary school, and a 65% return rate for girls in middle and high schools. These girls vote with their feet! Each year, we place between 2-5 high school students in internship positions at our corporate/university partner sites. In the past 4 years, all 19 of the high school girls who graduated from our program entered a two- or four-year college. 8 of them are in science- or engineering-related majors. Our enrollment has increased by about 20% each year the last 3 years.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 800+ participate in semester-long or vacation week programs
Geographic areas served: Cambridge, Boston, Newton, Lawrence, Fitchburg
2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

I became involved in Science Club for Girls after meeting the Executive Director Connie Chung at an event that I do not recall otherwise. The design of Science Club for Girls is unique in that girls begin the program at a very young age and as the grow up with the program, they mentor younger girls as they continue their own research. This is how science works in the "real world" where being able to teach is as important as being able to learn. Teaching requires true understanding and also builds confidence which is useful in any field that the girls will eventually choose to pursue.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Science Club for Girls provides science mentorship for girls from kindergarten through 12th grade. This program focuses on girls who will be the first in their family to attend college and has 100% success at helping girls of color and girls who will the first in their family to attend college, gain college scholarships.

Science Club for Girls utilizes volunteers at all levels of its operation from placing scientists as roll models and volunteers to teach clubs, to using professionals in organizational development to advise the board on expansion models.

Alumni from this program are active volunteers as well and some have started new clubs.

This volunteer opportunity has also been personally gratifying and I have employed girls from the program in my after school math programs.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I am a scientist. I received my PhD in Neuroscience from Harvard Medical School in 2009. As one of only 4 women in my class I can personally attest to the dearth of women in science. Many believe that a path towards a scientific career is hindered by a woman's need to get married, start a family etc. But I couldn't disagree more. The reason more women do not become scientists is because there aren’t enough women mentors out there to tell us that science is NOT hard and that we can achieve whatever we set our minds to. I wish someone had told me that when I was 5 years old! Science Club for Girls does just that: a remarkable afterschool program for K-12 girls where real women scientists (PhDs, MDs, etc.), some of us right in the middle of our careers, take time out to become those mentors to these amazing girls.... and in the meantime do some cool science too! In addition, the program is also designed so that girls that finish the curriculum have a chance to get involved as teaching assistants; thereby feeding the mentor-student cycle, a critical part in building self-confidence and foster success. I am a strong believer that SCG (and other programs like it) will change the face of science. Go pink lab coats!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing my girls come back year after year, smarter, more confident and ready to take on the world!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

SCFG is a great environment for girls organized in a way to engage girls with a lot of activities, that helps them to express themselves, learn science and explore their lives involving science. Girls take part in practical, hands on science activities, think and talk about science by sharing their results in a variety of different ways.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Over time many girls became more initiative in making decisions on their own about how to carry out their projects, record and interpret their activities.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

The SCFG is made truly wonderful by its staff. I am always eager to attend their events and see for myself the difference they make in the lives of each individual/student they touch

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

attending their Show Me the Science! Events and attending other events with my organization that they also partake in.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

14 people found this review helpful

A great opportunity to get scientists to give back to the community. It raises awareness in among scientists of the challenges and rewards of bringing science to the public. This program should be a requirement for all young scientists interested in teaching one day.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

adding to my experience as a confident and competent teacher.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the joy of helping young girls see the fun in science.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help women attain equal representation in science and engineering careers. In other words, make the world a better place : ).

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

My first impression of SCFG was one of awe and excitement. I had been asked to serve on a panel of corporate grantmakers with expertise in science education, which was followed by an afternoon of experiments led by the older girls for the younger girls who were enrolled in the Clubs. What impressed me most was how poised and confident the older girls were in teaching the younger girls, and in modeling behavior of learning, knowledge-sharing, and mentoring. That was in 1999. What continues to impress me is what these young girls and women are continuing to do as they successful apply, get accepted, and win scholarships to college. These are young women who never dreamed of going to college, and most of whom are the first from their families to aspire to do so. The impact is nothing short of inspirational, as other communities ask to start their own clubs, and as SCFG alumnae take initiative to start clubs in the communities where they are attending college. I am humbled by the amazing dedication of the Clubs' founders, board leaders, and incredibly talented staff. It is a program I wished I could have had as a young woman, and am thrilled to be engaged with now!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

...watching and learning these young girls and women speak confidently about their challenges and how they developed solutions. Their interest in science, engineering and technology--fields that traditionally have low female participation--is contagious!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

...being inspired by the girls themselves, but also meeting other women (and men!)--leaders from business and community who are engaged with the Clubs through their children who are participants, through their companies, or other reasons.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

...dedicated, talented, intelligent, and very passionate about advancing the understanding of science, math, engineering and technology for girls and young women.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

...build a FREE nation-wide network of SCFG with international "sister" affiliates; offer scholarships for this underserved, at-risk population to attend college; facilitate corporate and community mentoring programs with the girls; etc.!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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