1000 Girls 1000 Futures
What is 1000 Girls 1000 Futures?
1000 Girls, 1000 Futures is a groundbreaking initiative designed to engage young women interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and advance their pursuit of STEM careers through mentoring and 21st-century skills development.
How does it work?
The New York Academy of Sciences invites young women ages 13-17 around the world to join 1000 Girls 1000 Futures to receive mentorship from female STEM experts, gain access to college readiness and leadership coursework, and network with other girls passionate about STEM!
1000 Girls 1000 Futures empowers young women to learn independently and work collaboratively on Launchpad, the Academy’s unique online learning platform. On Launchpad, students complete the coursework at their own pace and apply their skills to work on different projects with their peers. Mentors are available to guide students throughout the program, from navigating the college application process to setting career goals.
The future of STEM is powered by women.
Women are changing the world of STEM for the better, which is why the Academy is looking for passionate girls like you to learn from women in STEM. Even if you don’t know what your next steps are, our mentor network can help you realize your potentials and achieve your goals.
Hear about Noor’s experience in 1000 Girls 1000 Futures and how mentoring helped shape her future:
1000 Girls 1000 Futures connects young women with STEM experts through the Academy’s virtual collaborative learning platform, Launchpad.
Launchpad is where we host in-depth discussions, coursework, challenges, expert talks, networking events, and more.
Why 1000 Girls 1000 Futures?
Give yourself an edge by connecting with professional women who have walked the path and can guide you to excel in STEM!
“My mentor prepared me for college by helping me discover student organizations, research and internship opportunities, and other venues to develop my passion.”
- Audrey L., 1000 Girls 1000 Futures Student
1000 Girls 1000 Futures participants are enthusiastic learners with a passion for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
- Age: 13–17 years old.
- Location: Anywhere in the world.
- Language: All program content and communication on the platform is in English, and a strong level of English proficiency is required. Students’ English proficiency will be assessed during the application process.
- Materials: 1000 Girls 1000 Futures is a virtual program. To participate, students must have access to at least one communication device, such as a smartphone, tablet, laptop, computer, with an internet connection.
- Time Commitment: Students will complete at least two self-paced learning modules during the program year, from September to May. Each module usually requires three to four hours each week to complete.
- Cost: None. 1000 Girls 1000 Futures is completely free for participating students.
To build a safe and enriching community of young women, we take the application process very seriously. Each year, we receive thousands of applications from all over the world. Every application undergoes a rigorous review to ensure students with the most potential are offered the opportunity to join 1000 Girls 1000 Futures.
Application Opens: April 27th, 2022
Application Deadline: June 30th, 2022
Decision Notification will be sent by late August 2022
How Do I Apply?
To start and complete the online application, you’ll need to:
- Provide your background information.
- Respond to essay questions.
- The application can be found here
You will be notified of the admission decision by mid-September. To accept the admission offer, you will need to submit a signed Parental Consent Form within a week of notification. Once all the information is verified, an email invitation will be sent to you to join Launchpad.
The deadline to apply to student programs is June 30th. The student programs application is for both the Junior Academy and 1000 Girls 1000 Futures.
If you’re a girl between 13-17 years old, enrolled in high school or the equivalent, and you’re interested in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), then you’re eligible!
The program year starts in September 2022 and ends June 2023. Once you are accepted onto Launchpad you can stay connected until you turn 18.
That’s not a problem! That’s why meeting mentors can help you discover the path in STEM you want to pursue.
There’s some coursework involved, but it’s meant to prepare you for college and beyond. Plus, you can complete it online, at your own pace, with the guidance of mentors in our network!
1000 Girls, 1000 Futures was designed specifically for young women—it’s tailored to address your particular needs and questions, so that you can overcome any challenge you face and succeed.
You will work to complete challenge modules focused on 21st century skills development. During this time you will learn from mentors in the network who can answer questions and provide you with advice. The program is built with flexibility in mind so that you and your mentors have enough time to work around your busy schedules.
Tell them the New York Academy of Sciences, one of the oldest scientific institutions in the world, is offering a free, STEM mentorship program for high school girls from around the world. The Academy is committed to helping young women foster their skills and connect with other like-minded women in a safe, friendly, online environment. Tell them you’ll work with female STEM professionals who will guide you on building your skills to prepare you for college and your future career.
Excite and inspire exceptional students to pursue STEM opportunities with an enrichment program specially-designed to develop key skills, build new knowledge, and grow scientific identify
Connect STEM-interested female-identifying students with a network of peers and professional role models
Provide a community of support, encouragement, and collaboration made up of people that share the experience of being a woman in STEM
Getting Involved as a Mentor
Women in STEM have the power to transform the career pathways for girls around the world and inspire the next generation of female STEM leaders through mentoring. Mentors provide guidance and support to small groups of students working together through Enrichment Modules designed to develop their 21st-century skills like collaboration, communication, and leadership.
Enrichment Modules are offered twice during the program year, in the Fall term and in the Spring term. Fall Modules take place from mid-September to mid-November. Spring Modules take place from mid-February to mid-April. You may choose to participate in either the Fall or the Spring or both during each program year.
During these ten-week modules, 1000 Girls 1000 Futures students form international teams of up to six individuals and move together through themed lessons, discussion prompts, and hands-on activities like conducting an interview and creating a piece of engaging scientific communication.
Student teams can choose to work with a mentor. Mentors in 1000 Girls 1000 Futures serve as a Dedicated Mentor to one or more teams for the duration of the module, providing feedback, knowledge, and resources and sharing about their personal journey and professional experience.
What are the qualifications for becoming a mentor?
Qualified mentors for 1000 Girls 1000 Futures are:
- Self-identified women who are undergraduate students, graduate students, post-docs, or professionals working in a STEM-related field
- Passionate about engaging and inspiring the next generation of young women around the world
- Able to access at least one communication device with internet capabilities
- Able to communicate clearly in spoken and written English
- At least 18 years of age
- Experienced in conducting original scientific research (preferred but not required)
How much time is involved?
All Mentors accepted to the program should expect to spend 1-2 hours on orientation and training at the start of their first program term.
During the module period, mentors should generally expect to spend 1–2 hours per week answering student questions, providing input on discussions and projects, or meeting with teams. The timing of this is flexible, and is based on your schedule. This work and communication can be done both synchronously and asynchronously.
Throughout the year, we may ask mentors to participate in focus groups and surveys. These are optional, and can range from a few minutes to a couple of hours.
Application Process and Program Participation
- Submit your application. Applications are accepted on a continuous basis. All submitted applications will be reviewed twice a year and decisions will be shared prior to the upcoming term.
- Application Review and Decisions will take place each August for the upcoming Fall Modules.
- Application Review and Decisions will take place each January for the upcoming Spring Modules.
- Participate in the 1000 Girls 1000 Futures Enrichment Modules as a Mentor.
- Fall Modules take place from mid-September to mid-November.
- Spring Modules take place from mid-February to mid-April.