The New York Academy of Sciences, with its partners, is making three-year, $2-million commitment to target and accelerate the STEM workforce of tomorrow by developing the world’s most valuable resource—its women. The 1000 Girls, 1000 Futures program 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. The program is open to girls ages 13–19 from around the world who are currently in high school. Each student is paired with a female mentor dedicated to supporting the development of young women in STEM. By participating in the program, girls will also become Young Members of The New York Academy of Sciences, which includes free access to selected Academy content and a digital Membership Certificate that they can post to their social media profile.
Throughout the year, students engage in activities designed to foster development of their Leadership, Communication, and Critical Thinking skills. In addition, the program will host a piece on College Readiness to encourage men-tees to pursue higher education and provide a thorough understanding of the process of selecting and applying to a college program. All work is done through an innovative virtual platform, facilitating interaction among students and mentors across the globe. The importance of hands-on teaching and role models cannot be overstated in the effort to increase the numbers of women entering STEM and improving STEM parity.