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Techbridge Expands to Greater Seattle

Techbridge Expands Award-Winning Girls’ Science, Technology and Engineering Program to Greater Seattle
Elizabeth Pauley Hodges named Seattle Executive Director

 

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Contact: Elizabeth Pauley Hodges, 510.777.9170 x340, ehodges@techbridgegirls.org

Seattle, WA, March 21, 2014 - Techbridge, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring girls in science, technology and engineering, has selected the greater Seattle, WA region as the first site of its national expansion. Beginning in the fall of 2014, Techbridge will empower 200 girls in grades 5-8 in science, technology and engineering through hands-on activities, role models and career exploration.

Elizabeth Pauley Hodges will lead the expansion as Seattle Executive Director. Prior to joining Techbridge, Hodges served as Vice President of Outreach for Girl Scouts of Western Washington. A native of Seattle, Hodges brings more than 10 years of non-profit leadership experience in the Pacific Northwest. Hodges was the founding Program Director of YWCA GirlsFirst, a leadership and life skills program geared toward teen girls of color, facing social and economic barriers. “I am thrilled to be part of an organization that truly inspires and empowers girls through science, technology and engineering,” said Hodges. “It’s such a fantastic opportunity for girls in this area to benefit from the high quality programming Techbridge provides.”

For the past 14 years, Techbridge after-school programs have served more than 4,000 girls in grades 5-12 and focus on low-income, underrepresented communities in the San Francisco Bay Area, primarily in Oakland and San Jose.

“We’ve already seen such great impact from our program with its high expectations and career exploration,” reflected Linda Kekelis, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Techbridge. “With Elizabeth Pauley Hodges leading the charge, we are confident that our expansion will be impactful for the girls and communities we serve in the Greater Seattle area.”

This expansion was made possible by a five-year $2.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation to bring Techbridge’s award-winning after-school program to three cities across the U.S.

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About Techbridge: The mission of Techbridge is to empower girls to realize their dreams through science, technology and engineering. Its innovative after-school and summer programs inspire 5th through 12th grade girls from underserved communities to change the world, providing girls with hands-on projects and career exploration through curriculum, role models, and field trips. Techbridge girls also build confidence, problem-solving skills, perseverance, and public speaking abilities that will serve them well in any career. Techbridge’s holistic approach gives girls a strong support network that includes their peers, teachers, families, and role models. Through its national professional development efforts, Techbridge has reached over 15,000 adults through trainings and resources for role models, educators and families.