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A terrific volunteer opportunity to empower young girls and young women in the sciences

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Unique Volunteer Opportunity
From NOW, Central Coast Chapter

Women represent only 24 percent of the workforce in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) according to the Department of Commerce’s Women in STEM: A Gender Gap to Innovation (August 2011). Increasing this percentage is critical to our country’s ability to excel in these areas.

We have a unique opportunity to encourage our Lincoln County girls to pursue STEM education and careers. The Lincoln County School District was recently awarded a grant that has enabled it to open seven 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC). These Learning Centers provide enriching after school programs that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math (STEAM) for children between the ages of 6 and 14. T

The Central Oregon Coast Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) is recruiting volunteers, particularly women, who are interested in engaging with children and youth in STEM pursuits in the Learning Centers. This is a great opportunity to improve a young girl’s life and her future career choices. Research has shown that women role models make a huge difference in whether girls remain interested in STEM fields. Mentoring is a powerful way to open doors for girls to careers in scientific endeavors. Helping with homework is another excellent way to touch their lives. Offering girls after school activities and experiments expands critical thinking and boosts self esteem. These are three of the many possible ways you could become a role model. So whether you only have a little time or can commit to more, your help is truly needed.

Men are also encouraged to volunteer, but because of the low percentage of girls and women who successfully pursue STEM careers, Central Oregon Coast NOW is focusing its efforts to assure that participants in after school programs have the opportunity to meet, work with, and learn from women who are, or have been, active in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics. If you are one of these women, please contact Jan Eisele at 503-965-9950 or centraloregoncoastnow@gmail.com by email.

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