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January is National Mentoring Month

Recently I heard someone say, “A little advantage somewhere in life can have big effects somewhere else.” These words resonated with me as I saw the reactions on girls’ faces during a role model visit at Techbridge. The girls sat patiently engaged as they listened to the stories of trials and triumphs in work and school, learning about the different cool things that one can imagine, design, and create. For some of these girls, the messages of role models can make the difference and empower them to pursue their dream to do something different, something challenging, something that may define them.

The Role Models Matter project, funded by the National Science Foundation, is a collaboration between Techbridge, the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP), the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and Girl Scout councils across the nation to recruit and train STEM professionals on inspiring girls in STEM. With our partners, we have developed resources which include print guides, in-person trainings, and an online training for role models. While these resources were originally developed for the various partner groups, anyone leading outreach with students can make use of the strategies and tips in these guides. These resources include ideas for programming and preparing role models and strategies to help prepare role models to engage girls in science and engineering.

We hope you are able to make use of these resources and please provide any feedback to us – both successes and challenges. We want to hear your stories!  Read all our guides.

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