Maker Ed is thrilled to announce that we are a part of the Google for Entrepreneurs #40Forward challenge. We are one of forty startup communities taking new approaches to increase the representation of women in our community by 25% in 2014.
Through its core programs, Maker Ed will be working with organizations and educators, particularly female leaders and female-focused partner organizations, to welcome and support more girls in making and entrepreneurship — as part of our efforts to train, develop, and foster making in communities for all learners.
In particular, we will be collaborating with Girl Scouts of the USA, the National Girls Collaborative Project, and the YWCA’s TechGyrls. Additionally, we aim to increase recruitment of female volunteers for all of our programs, particularly within Maker VISTA and Young Makers. We will be training leaders and educators at youth-serving organizations on how to work with girls in making, increasing the presence of female makers at all of our events and in all of our programs, and supporting research and development of new, accessible pathways to STE(A)M-related interests and careers through making.
Maker Ed is proud to be rethinking the gender gap. Many thanks to Google for Entrepreneurs for their incredible support! Let’s move #40Forward.