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Introduction to the National Girls Collaborative Project
Presenter Erin Hogeboom, Community Development and Network Strategy Manager
Goals Learn the basics about the National Girls Collaborative Project Learn the NGCP values and work processes Learn about how to get involved with NGCP
Vision The National Girls Collaborative Project brings together organizations committed to informing and encouraging girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
NGCP Goals 1. Maximize access to shared resources within organizations interested in engaging girls in STEM. 2. Strengthen the capacity of programs by sharing exemplary practice research and program models. 3. Use the leverage of a network to achieve gender equity in STEM.
Project History • Northwest Girls Collaborative Project (2002 -2004) • California, Massachusetts, and Wisconsin (2004 -2006) • National: Advancing the Agenda in Gender Equity (2006 -2011) • National: Diverse Workforce (2011 -2016)
Collaboration Networking • Your Name • Organization or Program & Role • 1 Resource • 1 Need • 4 minutes each • 2 rotations
NGCP Glossary • Collaborative: State or regional network • Convening Organization: Lead organization with the contract who convenes the Leadership Team.
NGCP Glossary cont… • Leadership Team: Individuals from different organizations leading local work. • Champions Board: High level advisory board “championing” the local work. Collaboration Institute December 2015 National Champions Board Meeting April 2012
NGCP Activities Virtually: • • • Content Rich Project Website Fab. Fems The Connectory E-Newsletter and Social Media Webinars Locally: • Professional Development via Conferences and Forums • Incentives to Collaborate • Newsletters and Local Resources Nationally: • Partnerships and Network Projects • Collaboration Institute
NGCP Project Impact • 5, 140 youth serving STEM programs are listed online in The Connectory • 37, 579 participants served in 441 mini-grants completing activities • 15. 4 million visits to the NGCP website • 28, 434 practitioners have been served through events and webinars • 20. 15 million girls (and 9. 5 million boys) are served indirectly by NGCP by having their leaders trained in the philosophy, knowledge, and methods of NGCP
The Fab. Fems Project
Fab. Fems Directory The Fab. Fems directory is an international, online, searchable directory of women STEM professionals interested in outreach to girls Audience: • Role Models • Girl-Serving Programs • Parents and Girls www. fabfems. org
• Largest and most comprehensive directory of STEM opportunities and programs • Online collaboration tool for programs • Showcase STEM opportunities to families
Programs and Opportunities The Connectory has two types of entries: • Program – Organizations that provide STEM opportunities and are listed on the Partner Search page, which is only viewable by other program providers and there to aid collaboration. • Opportunity – Summer camps, workshops, career fairs, competitions, and other time-bound STEM events. These can be seen by families and the general public on The Connectory.
Why is Collaboration Important? High levels of collaboration among educators and programs engaging girls in STEM increases the efficiency and effectiveness and overall capacity of programs and therefore increases opportunities and improves experiences for girls in STEM.
Increased Collaboration Benefits Girl-Serving STEM Programs
STEM is an Equity Issue… Girls and boys do not display a significant difference in their abilities in math and science, but rather in their confidence and interest. • Related to economics and social justice. • As a platform to promote justness, fairness, and balance. • And lens educators in STEM fields can use to provide equal opportunities to youth.
Get Involved with NGCP • • Follow us on social media, @NGCProject Use The Connectory and Fab. Fems Attend national webinars Re-start the Wisconsin Girls Collaborative Project!