Toronto, Ontario, Canada – July 26, 2019 – Mayor John Tory has proclaimed the work week of August 12 through August 17 to be hEr VOLUTION GO!stem Week in the City of Toronto. hEr VOLUTION has delivered the GO!stem Summer Program for the past 5 years. Successfully it has impacted over 150 young women who participated in the program and each year the program grows significantly.
“For the past 5 years, we have worked to create opportunities for so many young women who are interested in learning about technology. Seeing the impact that this program has had for so many young women, we are incredibly grateful to get more young women excited to learn about coding and have the opportunity to engage first-hand with employees in tech companies.
We hope that by proclaiming GO!stem week this year, we will encourage more role models and companies to get involved in this yearly event. “ says Doina Oncel, Founder of hEr VOLUTION.
Research shows that mentors play a powerful role in providing young people with the tools to make responsible choices, attend and engage in school, and reduce or avoid risky behavior like drug use. In turn, these young girls are:
- 7 out 10 largest STEM occupations are computer related
- Girls’ interest in STEM peaks in middle school, but drops off in high school.
- 74% of middle school girls express an interest in engineering, science, and math.
- Women make up only 18% of computer science undergrads.
GO!stem Program, by which declaring GO!stem week was inspired by, enables 13 to 17 years old girls with the opportunity to explore technology in a new and exciting way. The program offers young women the opportunity to learn from tech professionals inside a tech company, and because we work with young women facing multiple barriers, food and transportation cost is covered for the girls.
Since its inception in 2014, the program has been delivered in partnership with Salesforce Women’s Network and the collective goal has always been that the girls participating in this program walk away with valuable new coding skills and new insight into their future in STEM.
hEr VOLUTION will have an official celebratory event, inviting media, industry professionals and young women on August 12, 2019.
About hEr VOLUTION
hEr VOLUTION is an award winning charitable organization providing innovative education and employment services to girls and young women in STEM. Our mission is to advance education by providing workshops and instructional seminars on topics relating to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) for low income and marginalized youth with a focus on girls and young women.
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