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Girls4Science is a nonprofit organization dedicated to exposing girls in Chicago ages 10-18 years old to science, technology, engineering and math. We focus on developing skills, self-esteem, awareness and relationships to helpo girls overcome barriers that may prevent them from achieving greater success in these fields.

Research shows boys and girls demonstrate similar attitudes toward science in elementary school. As they get older, girls' grades and interest decline. Only about 20 percent of women in the U.S. have careers in STEM fields.

G4S has an open enrollment policy that does not discriminate on the basis of financial status. Many who take part do not have readily available resources to support educational opportunities. Others, who once had access to enrichment programs, no longer do because of bdget cuts during these difficult economic times. Consequently, they share a lack of positive images and varied role models that can isolate them in male-dominated STEM fields.

G4S draws upon external partners to provide comprehensive hands-on, personal experiences during our summer and fall six-week sessions. It is Chicago's only all-girls science initiative providing certified instructors in a state of the art laboratory. It is also an organization offering a noncompetitive, peer-to-peer environment of encouragement.

We fulfill our mission in several ways that have proven successful in retaining girls' interest in STEM subjects:
  • Science Exploration in small grups to conduct experiments and study, which fosters self-confidence and collegial networks.
  • Field Trips to museums, zoos, business, nature preserves and other sites to augment and go beyond laboratory assignments..
  • Mentorships to introduce girls to women pioneers in science and technology, as well as to professionals and college students who can offer guidance and a friendly ear..
  • Scholarships to 12th graders who have completed at least 12 weeks of the G4s program and seek to apply for undergraduate study in science, technology, math or engineering.
Our first summer and fall session in 2009 drew a total of almost 40 girls. To date almost 300 girls have participated in our program and these numbers continue to rise. With the addition of more partners and funding, we can achieve our goals for expansion. To find out more about how G4S can assist you or you can assist us, contact Executive Director Jackie Lomax at 773-401-6685 or jlomax@girls4science.org.



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