Girls Tech: Inviting Girls to Explore Tech Centers – Alison Lamagna

Events , Girls' Programs , News | Apr 29, 2019 | Back to List

20170319_vermont_works_women_vww_girls_tech_bhs_julia_event_254a9960There’s a certain energy buzzing around when 80 young female and gender non-conforming students come together in a supportive and judgment-free zone to break down barriers, explore new things, and get their hands on non-traditional tools like plasma cutters, chainsaws, digital film equipment, orbital sanders, and computer coded robots. It’s exciting, empowering, inspiring and impressive. This is the kind of energy felt at Girls Tech, one of Vermont Works for Women’s gender equity career exploration events for middle school females and gender non-conforming students. A partnership with Burlington Technical Center, Girls Tech invites students to explore their local tech center and make more informed decisions about high school course selection and career pathways. At the same time, they get the opportunity to explore careers where women are underrepresented and step outside of their comfort zones by using tools and trying hands-on activities.

they get the opportunity to explore careers where women are underrepresented and step outside of their comfort zones by using tools and trying hands-on activities.

20170319_vermont_works_women_vww_girls_tech_bhs_julia_event_254a9965Students participate in six workshops including digital film, design/engineering, auto body repair, welding & metal fabrication, culinary arts, and aviation & aerospace technology. The result is an increase in confidence, expansion of what they think they are personally capable of, and increased awareness of career options. Girls Tech also includes industry professionals from various fields to help motivate and inspire students to think about possible career paths and assist with the learning activities. Vermont Works for Women’s unique and empowering gender equity and career exploration programming is available at other career and technical centers, as well. Using our guiding principles of Challenge by Choice, encouraging inclusive language and encouraging positive self-esteem, we create safe spaces – free from judgement – where young women and gender non-conforming youth feel secure stepping outside of their comfort zones and trying new things in a way they may not have done in another setting or a mixed group.
Contact us to learn more about bringing Girls Tech, or any of our gender equity programs, to your local tech center!

Above: Alison Lamagna, Education Program Manager, at Girls Tech

Above: Alison Lamagna, Education Program Manager, at Girls Tech

By Alison Lamagna, Education Program Manager, Vermont Works for Women

Photography: Patrick McCormack, Storyteller, SunCommon

 


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