Mentoring Girls to become future Women Engineers

by Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs - DIY Girls
Our wonderful mentors!
Our wonderful mentors!

Recently, our CSUN college mentors successfully completed the first 10 week program with three local elementary schools in the San Fernando Valley. These 90 students completed our game design unit!

With the support of their college mentors, they worked hard as a team to create a game that the world needed. Some of our girls explored how the current political climate affects their home life through game design, while others tackled health issues in their community. We're so proud of their perseverance and dedication!

"Now I'm not scared to make mistakes because I know I can fix them." - DIY Marictza, 10 years old.

Our mentors are currently reflecting on their teaching practices to understand what works with these girls and what we can do to improve these mentor relationships to keep girls engaged and coming back! These same mentors will work with the next group of students as well, so they will get a chance to improve their craft and make a real difference!

Our girls love to be able to learn from near-peer mentors studying engineering. Mia (5th grade DIY Girl) says, “My favorite part of being in DIY Girls is seeing all the teachers being there for me when I needed help.” The relationships that girls build with their mentors are a key part in what keeps them coming back to our programs and keeps them engaged in the classroom.

 DIY Girls began a pilot project with a small number of engineering college students from California State University, Northridge. The young women we've brought on board will be teaching our after school program starting in January 2017! We are very excited to bring them into the classroom and provide out-of-class and in-school training to support their growth as mentors to young fifth grade girls.

As a part of their training, our college mentors will learn how to lead hands-on STEM activities in front of a classroom. As a part of this training, mentors are also gaining basic computer science, design, and prototyping skills. Throughout 10 weeks, our girls and their mentors will design games with a social justice emphasis using the Makey Makey and Scratch.

We are excited to be able to launch a pilot of our program to benefit both girls and young women studying engineering. We would not have been able to launch this pilot without your support! Thank you for believing in our mission and supporting our cause!


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Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs - DIY Girls

Location: Calabasas, CA - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Evelyn Gomez
Pacoima, CA United States

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