1000 Girls, 1000 Futures
The future of STEM is powered by women!
1000 Girls, 1000 Futures is a groundbreaking initiative designed to engage young women interested in science, technology, engineering, and math, and advance their pursuit of STEM careers through mentoring and 21st-century skills development.
WHO is this program for?
Girls around the world, aged 13-19, who are enthusiastic about science, technology, engineering or math (STEM)
Women working in STEM, across all disciplines and sectors, who are willing to act as mentors, coaches, and role models
WHAT is included in the program?
One-to-one mentoring from real scientists and engineers (two virtual meetings per month)
Coursework, completed at your own pace, emphasizing college readiness, leadership, communication, and critical thinking.
The opportunity to network with an awesome group of peers and female STEM professionals through social interaction, message boards, online events, and activities such as an optional Book Club. This is a safe, fun place to be a smart girl!
WHEN can I fit this into my schedule?
Mentoring meetings take place via video chat or text chat on the platform twice per month
The coursework is *asynchronous*, which means you complete some of the modules at your own pace
You can engage with the network as often as you want—it’s a great way to make friends and gather resources!
WHERE does the program happen?
All mentoring meetings, coursework, and networking takes place on our fully integrated, safety protocol-enabled, moderated platform, which was designed by Mentor Resources!
WHY… should I participate?
HOW can you offer this program at no cost to all participants?
- This program is free because the New York Academy of Sciences believes in the expanded involvement of girls and women in STEM. We believe that layered mentoring from peers and relatable role models will bring important future scientists, mathematicians, technologists, engineers, innovators, and leaders into in the career pipeline. We believe that you can’t be what you can’t see, and we want to show you a wide variety of the girls and women who are already leaders across the spectrum of STEM specialties!
You know you’re interested in pursuing a career in STEM (science, tech, engineering, math), but you don’t know what your next steps are…and that’s okay! This is why a STEM mentor can be a great asset! A mentor can help guide you in figuring out what comes next to pursue your dream career —anything from finding the right college program to scoping out possible internships. Give yourself an edge in the world of STEM and let us help you find a great mentor!
WHY DO I WANT TO BE A 1000 GIRLS, 1000 FUTURES MENTEE?
As a mentee, you will have access to your own STEM mentor who is a successful woman working in a STEM field. You’ll also be able to tap into a global network of mentors and mentees just like you all over the world. You can make friends and create new connections from wherever you are! And since the program is completely online, you can make your own schedule.
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE OFFERED BESIDES HAVING A MENTOR?
With the support of your mentor, you’ll work through online programming designed to help you develop skills in leadership, communication, and critical thinking, while also learning what it takes to apply to college and university. Best of all, nothing is graded or due on specific days— you can choose the activities you want to complete. And for an extra bonus, by participating in the program you will also become a Young Member of the New York Academy of Sciences, which includes free access to selected online Academy content and a digital Membership Certificate that you can post to your social media profile!
CAN I MEET OTHER MENTEES IN THE PROGRAM?
Yes— you can, and you will! Our program reaches hundreds of mentees just like you, and our virtual platform makes it easy to connect. You can join the STEM Book Club, participate in discussions, or even log on for a live event where you can chat with participants all over the world.
WHAT IF I DON’T KNOW EXACTLY WHAT I WANT TO DO IN STEM?
That’s fine! You don’t have to know your exact career path right now. In fact, you can use the network, your mentor, and our programming to help you figure out what your next steps might be. We don’t ask you “what do you want to be when you grow up?” We ask you “how do you want to get there —and how can we help you?”
WHAT DO I TELL MY PARENTS/GUARDIANS ABOUT THE PROGRAM?
You can share with them that the 1000 Girls, 1000 Futures program is committed to helping young women foster their skills and connect with like-minded women in a safe, friendly online environment. If they’d like to learn more, you can download this handy Parent/Guardian FAQ sheet which has additional information, and of course your parents can always email the program administrators with any questions.
HOW LONG IS THE PROGRAM?
The next program cycle starts in November 2017 and ends in September 2018. You have to touch base with your mentor at least twice a month, and be sure to complete the programming materials by the deadline. Remember, everything is virtual so you can maximize your time with the program however you want.
WHAT DO I DO NOW?
The application period for the 2016-2017 year is currently closed, but if you’d like to be informed when recruiting for the 2017-2018 year begins, please visit our Student Opportunities page, click on the NOTIFY ME button, and select the box for “Women & Girls.”
Are you looking for an opportunity to make a real difference in a student’s life? Do you believe that it is important to inspire more young women and girls to pursue STEM careers? The 1000 Girls, 1000 Futures Program is a world-wide effort that pairs motivated, enthusiastic female mentors with smart, STEM-focused high school girls, offering them access to real-life role models, as well as innovative programming aimed at helping them to develop essential 21st century skills.
WHY SHOULD I BE A MENTOR FOR 1000 GIRLS, 1000 FUTURES?
When you volunteer as a 1000 Girls, 1000 Futures mentor, you are not only encouraging a young woman to pursue her passion, you’re also connecting to a global network of female STEM professionals with whom you can share experiences, advice, and resources. Plus, with our flexible online training program, you can develop your own coaching and leadership skills as well.
HOW MUCH TIME DOES IT TAKE? DO I HAVE TO BE ONLINE EVERY DAY?
The program is flexible and works with your schedule. You and your mentee control when and how often you want to interact. The online learning platform has an app to keep you up-to-date with news and announcements, too.
HOW LONG IS THE PROGRAM?
The program cycle is one full calendar year.
HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?
The application portal for the 2016-2017 year is now closed, but you can sign up to be notified about this and other mentoring opportunities by visiting our Mentor Opportunities page.