- March 11, 2017
- Posted by: Intern YWCA
- Category: News
The YWCA TechGYRLS program has joined together interns and elementary school girls to form friendships and learn more about STEM. The goal of the program is to empower young girls to learn fearlessly. Interns bring STEM projects each day to one of five public elementary schools in Oakland where they work together to complete the projects, provide mentorship, and create a positive and encouraging learning environment.
This internship is a perfect experience for someone looking to get experience in the classroom working with underserved youth. You will get the chance to design STEM programming and get hands-on educational experience while promoting women’s success in STEM.
Take a look at what a few of our interns had to say about their experiences in the program:
I’ve been volunteering with TechGYRLS for almost five years, and it’s been a very rewarding experience. The girls are always really happy to see us when we arrive at their school, and they get really excited by the projects. Beyond showing them how fun and interesting science can be, I think we also serve an important role in terms of giving the girls individualized attention. In their normal classrooms, there are much higher student/teacher ratios than in Tech Gyrls, so we are able to give them more one-on-one attention than they could usually get at school. I think that those personal interactions are really important to the girls.
Over the past three years, my participation in TechGYRLS has been extremely fulfilling. Through simple experiments utilizing everyday objects, I not only conveyed my love for the universality of science, but also inspired the girls to set aspirations and motivate themselves to succeed. I could not contain my pride when multiple girls proclaimed that they wanted to be just like me and study chemistry when, not if, they go to college. The program also taught the girls about female empowerment while emphasizing the importance of team building and respect among peers. Even though I was the mentor, the girls actually taught me the power of positive thinking and reminded me to appreciate all that I have.
Download an application and apply to be a mentor today!
For more information call (510) 848-6370 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org