Greenlight for Girls, asbl

Mission To encourage girls of any age of any background to consider and pursue math and science-related studies and careers by introducing them to the world of science in fun and exciting ways Objectives To increase the number of women in math and science occupations (science, math, engineering & technology = STEM) To create a network of girls so that they meet one another and form future friendships that will encourage them to reach their potential To create a link between girls and real scientists and mathematicians so they can explore dreams and possibilities for the future To provide an outlet for professionals, with particular emphasis on females in math, science and technology...
Mar 3, 2015

Science event for girls is a record year!

210 girls at our latest event!
210 girls at our latest event!

Our project, Give a Greenlight to Girls in Science, has exciting news! 

Since our last project report, we are thrilled to report that we have held our fifth greenlight for girls event - back at our headquarter city, Brussels!   Since its inception, we have grown exponentially in geography and reach as we has conducted more than 75 events across 5 continents engaging 1.200 volunteers worldwide – and now reached more than 10,000 students.

This event in Brussels marks the anniversary of the very first greenlight for girls’ event to bring role models in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) backgrounds to conduct hands-on, interactive workshops to show the fun in learning science. We've set a few records with this event: the fastest number of registrations (full in 24 hours!), the highest number of volunteers, 100% inspiring events as judged by the students, highest social media reach and youngest speaker & workshop leaders!

The greenlight for girls days invite girls, ages 11 to 15 years old from local and international schools in the area (and in this event, also reached as far as the Netherlands border), to come together for a full day of science fun. For our latest event, 210 girls participated from 39 schools; the event is conducted in three languages – English, French and Dutch. The event is offered free to the participants.

Your donations have contributed to the expenses of the event, such as food, materials & labcoats.  Not only your donations helped to make this happen, we also had so many organisations contributing volunteers and their passion for science.  At our event host location – the International School of Brussels, workshops were conducted by role models from Cisco, Procter & Gamble, Microsoft, Microsoft Innovation Center, Imperial College, EPIC, CEER and RadioX..

This year, the registration reached the maximum volume within a few short days – which leads the organisation to look at increasing the participation opportunity for our future events. The event brought together 105 volunteers across a variety of professional backgrounds and careers, the largest number yet.  We measure and analyse the results to not only see how we can improve for the next one, but also to see our impact of inspiring the students to continue their STEM studies and begin to think of their future. The results are astounding. For the first time ever, every single workshop we offered has beenidentified as inspiring and meaningful for the girls. For the first time ever, the girls identified their most inspiring role models to include young girls their own age. The event introduced special girls we know who have created their own app, such as Jackie who is 12 years old and presented her project, and girls who have created their own businesses already before the age of 16."

The younger role-models were also key members of the team: previous g4g participants, then g4g interns, created and conducted several workshops on their own. Now "older" but still in high school and passionate about showing their knowledge in science enthralled the participants with a variety of subjects from creating a necklace holding your own DNA to showing the linkage between sports and science to creating the chemistry behind bath bombs. The biggest hit of the event was our Physics Fun Lab, conducted by university physicists and scientists who travelled from Imperial College in London, aimed specifically to increase the take-up of girls in Physics studies in the last years of High School.

"The story of greenlight for girls began with one email asking if there was a need to encourage girls in STEM careers," explains Melissa Rancourt, g4g Founder and Chairman, "the result brought us to today – over a thousand role models volunteering their time to do exactly this – help to encourage and inspire girls around the world and it is working. Our favourite moment is after the event when we start getting contacted (immediately) by the girls, their parents & their schools letting us know exactly how this event has influenced their desire for learning science and eventually their decisions towards university studies and their professional path."

With the most recent comments from parents, it is clear why the g4g team enjoys these moments the most.

∞ "Thank YOU for this amazing day and event which you prepared for our girls - so impressive and inspiring! It was wonderful to see how our 11 year old came home, took out her little g4g notebook and spent over 1 hour with GREAT enthusiasm explaining all the experiments and learnings she had collected during the day - like a little Einstein!"

∞ "It’s only been a few days but look at the ripple effect…. Santa had a new request so there will now be electronics kits under the tree for Christmas and tomato ketchup is now coming out of the bottle faster in our house."

∞ "My daughter was busy doing experiments ALL DAY on Sunday"

∞ "My daughter has been doing further research on non- Newtonian liquids today - wow! "

∞ "Thanks for the coding links – they loved these workshops. Books and apps on coding are now on the list for Sinterklaas"

STAY TUNED for our incredible list of events planned around the world in the coming months:  Milan, Athens, London, Detroit, Alexandria Virginia, Amman Jordan, Krakow, Vilnius, San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, Bangalore, Rajasthan, Mumbai... .and more!!

Coding Workshop
Coding Workshop
Having fun in the lab
Having fun in the lab
Science brings out curiosity
Science brings out curiosity
Friendships formed
Friendships formed
Science experimentation
Science experimentation

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Mar 3, 2015

More books ready for our next Science Library!

Anything is Possible in Cameroon
Anything is Possible in Cameroon

Our office is filled once again with beautiful science books ready for our next science library!!

Thanks to the latest greenlight for girls event in Brussels and local donations, our headquarters is now stocked full of books that we can't wait to send to children across the globe.  Your donations to this project help make this possible to ship these learning resources from one part of the world to another.

Our science libraries, already started in Cameroon, South Africa and Senegal, are ready to go to Uganda - and also in Asia to an orphanage & school in the south of India.  Our next plans are also to start a library in Morocco.

At our latest events, we have collected more than 80 books in which our young greenlight girls have inscribed with inspiring messages in the front cover for the girls and boys who will receive them.  These books cover all subjects in science - topics which will help the students wish to discover the world around them.  The books are mainly aimed for ages less than 15 years old and we have collected books in English, French and Dutch in this last event which will help us send languages needed for various countries.

Because of our connections in these schools, communities and orphanages that have received our science books, we have enjoyed engaging them in our latest activities.  We have attached the photos from our Anything is Possible campaign in which we asked children from around the world to communicate this phrase in their language to instill confidence in their future.

Thank you for all your support - and look forward to our future news of where our libraries are traveling next!

Science books!
Science books!
Mar 3, 2015

Inspired once again in India

Our partner school with future scholarship girls!
Our partner school with future scholarship girls!

We have learned that inspiration has no limits.  Once again, our scholarship girls in India have shared with us their passion for learning and for science - so much, it makes us wish we were university students again too!

In January this year, we had an amazing opportunity with our greenlight children in India....

-  greenlight for girls was a part of a multiple school-wide Parikrma Festival of Science with 200 children - bringing forward important societal issues related to science.  This year was focused on the issues of water and the children learned by hands-on activities on how to measure the quality and reach of water to their communities.  They learned that their city doesn't have enough daily needs for water and we discussed with them what we could all do to make a difference.  Parikrma is our partner to help identify potential greenlight scholarships - they are an incredible educational system aimed to help children who live in slums and orphanages around Bangalore. 

- we met our scholarship girls to brainstorm our strategy for the upcoming year on how we could involve them as role models to encourage more children to aspire to university education.  The girls were so thrilled to give their good news - their latest exam scores (which were incredible!), their plans for their next degree (!!), their desire to get an internship to start learning in the science, engineering and IT fields, and how much they just love to learn.  Again - we couldn't help by be inspired by their enthusiasm. 

- we had the chance to meet local partners who also work to teach science to children - and look forward to work together to hold greenlight for girls events in the community.

And with all this, we can't wait to tell you our really big news -- we are setting up a new scholarship for a community in Rajasthan and will have the chance to help 31 girls through their formative years to encourage the completion of high school and eventually to start their university studies.

Look to our future news as we will start our greenlight for girls activities in Calcutta & Mumbai!

200 children at the Festival of Science
200 children at the Festival of Science
At the end of the day....
At the end of the day....
One of our scholarship girls & founder of Parikrma
One of our scholarship girls & founder of Parikrma
Chandana and our scholarship girls!
Chandana and our scholarship girls!
Hands-on science in action
Hands-on science in action
Girls in discussion
Girls in discussion
Inspiring smiles
Inspiring smiles

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