Youth Programs

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The young people whom WIT serves in its menstrual equity program grow up in poverty, as did their mothers and grandmothers before them...How can we end this cycle of generational poverty to finally put an end to period poverty? 

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In elementary school, girls and boys perform about equally in mathematics and science. By the junior and senior years of high school, the number of girls enrolled in advanced STEM courses drops. Although women make up about 50 percent of the American college-educated workforce, we represent only 29 percent of the science and engineering workforce, according to the National Girls Collaborative Project. The National Science Board and the National Science Foundation report that women make up only 15 percent of the engineering workforce and 24 percent of computer and information sciences professionals. While African Americans represent 13 percent of the U.S. population, they make up only four percent of physicians, according to AthenaHealth. Black women represent only two percent of doctors.

 

Careers in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) are among the most lucrative in the nation. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states that STEM careers can pay twice the salary of non-STEM careers. A petroleum engineer could earn $150,000, compared to $60,000 for a high school teacher. But, how is it possible to be a doctor, engineer or IT professional without a strong background in math and science?

Please read an article about our vision in The Montgomery Advertiser.

 

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The WIT Leadership Development Circle is for middle and high school girls of all ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds and gender orientations and identifications. The goal of this program is to develop a cohort of young women with a strong understanding of global issues, career options and a commitment to service.

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Gender socialization and bias begins at a young age for girls. This negatively impacts leadership development, economic mobility and education equity for girls. As a consequence, a little more than 50% of the population are not given the tools needed to realize their highest potential. Gender socialization and bias can impact a girl’s belief in her ability, her view of what constitutes a leader, her overall confidence and confidence as a leader, and/or what talents she cultivates and careers she pursues.

 

“Research has shown that leadership and mentor programs for young women can increase their self-confidence, broaden career options, and mitigate the power of gendered messages,” said Megan Allison, WIT Mentor Program Coordinator. “​​The sooner young women have exposure to positive female role models in a range of career fields, the better prepared they will be to think ‘outside the box’ with regards to their future.”

 

All WIT Mentor candidates must undergo a background check. To apply, please fill out this form

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