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  

SCG has a tremendous impact on the lives of young girls in poor urban areas. It offers them free programs designed to build their confidence about, and interest and skills in, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). It reaches hundreds of girls every year.

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Life-changing

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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SCFG is passionate about enhancing the confidence and science literacy of girls, especially girls from groups underrepresented in STEM. As one listens to the stories of girls and their families who have “grown up” in the program, the excitement, gratification, confidence and support the program has provided is palpable, as is the feeling of “sisterhood” that is created among the girls. It is remarkable to see how the program has grown over the past 15 years from a grassroots effort by public school parents concerned with equity in education to supporting over 600 youth and achieving recognition such as the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce Nonprofit of the Year (2009). The program does an amazing job with a small staff and a wonderful volunteer base, so please continue (or start to) support the program in any way you can.

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volunteering as a Board Member.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

 
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