New report by HerSuiteSpot shares the impact of the HerRise STEM Squad Program designed to encourage high-school girls to apply science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) concepts and skills through hands-on, inquiry-based learning.
Opened to girls in grades nine through twelve, over 35 girls registered for the free program launched at Uniondale High School in the spring with a series of workshops led by HerSuiteSpot Founder Marsha Guerrier and Program Director Nathalie Lilavois. In the sessions we talked about goal setting, personal branding, getting ready for college and more. Nine girls were selected to participate in the summer program from regional high schools in Queens, Valley Stream, West Hempstead and Uniondale, NY.
The first cohort of the HerRise STEM Squad College and Career Exploration Summer Program sponsored by National Grid, was hosted this July by Molloy University at their Rockville Center, New York campus with great success. The 3-week program included tours, guest speakers, field trips and hands-on activities designed to get girls of color interested, excited and confident about pursuing college and careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
HerSuiteSpot’s HerRise STEM Squad Summer Program created opportunities for the girls to learn from leaders and educators in STEM professions. The young scholars attended presentations facilitated by Molloy University’s Professors and Deans of the School of Arts & Sciences, Business, Nursing and Health Sciences. They learned about jobs in Criminal Justice, Education, Healthcare, Technology, Business and the Arts. Our guest speakers gave them insight into careers in Healthcare, Human Resources, Technology, Corporate Law, Criminal Justice, and Fashion professions.
Overall 100% of the girls responded that the program helped them learn more about their college and career choices and the campus tours helped them learn more about life in college.
“1. It is okay to want to change your career path so late in the game 2. You don’t need to know what you want to do right away 3. Many unexpected careers and fields are connected in some way and we don’t even realize.” -Summer Program Participant
Almost 50% of girls were interested in exploring a career in Health Sciences and Administration. We were invited to meet with the CEO Dr. Sanda Scott, Nursing Manager Mary Mitchell, Oncology Surgeon Dr. Simone Mays, and Dr. Kusum Viswanathan, the Chair, Department of Pediatrics. Director, Division of Pediatric Hematology/ Oncology at Brookdale Hospital in Brooklyn, NY.
“Hearing from the doctors helped me understand that I can work in healthcare and in technology at the same time or as a research analyst. And that…many fields interlap so it is possible to be involved in whatever brings you joy even if it isn’t a traditional route.”
Programs like the HerRise STEM Squad program are essential for youth, especially girls. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Department of Labor, much of the growth in the domestic and global economy will come from STEM-related jobs. According to a 2021 Pew Research study, women represent only 25 percent of computer science degree graduates and only 15 percent of engineering degree graduates.
“HerSuiteSpot is proud of the work we’ve achieved with the HerRise STEM Squad program this year, and we are happy to return to the Uniondale High School for the 2022-2023 school year,” said HerSuiteSpot Founder Marsha Guerrier. “HerRise STEM Squad shows young girls, firsthand, the many pathways in educational and career opportunities that are open to them. Meeting successful female professionals also helped them understand that STEM careers can combine their passions and interests, this making career in STEM an option worth pursuing.”
Thank you to all of our guest speakers, Molloy University, and National Grid for continuing to pour your support into the HerRise STEM Squad. Your efforts help give girls of color the experiences they need to grow and thrive in the face of today’s challenge.
Download the HerRise STEM Squad Impact Report to learn more about the impact of our program.