Youth Services & STEM Education
Advancing Proficiency in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
YWCA Greater Pittsburgh Youth Services Department excites students’ interest in STEM through hands-on, collaborative, and project-based learning that aligns with Pennsylvania Academic Standards and supplements their school experience. YWCA Youth programs engage underserved middle-school girls from Pittsburgh Public and Woodland Hills School Districts, expanding their appreciation, knowledge, and interests while developing in them the confidence to think about and apply STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) in their future career choices.
Current program offerings include TechGYRLS, the STEM Impact Initiative, and STEM Stars. The programs are structured so that students study STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) disciplines, connect with their communities, and advocate for what they believe in – ensuring that students are acquiring leadership and STEM skills relevant to today’s world. Find out more...
TechGYRLS® broadens girls' knowledge and interests and nurtures their confidence to use Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) tools in their future occupations. Robotics, multimedia, science, and engineering projects focus on hands-on problem solving, and offer the mastery of hands-on STEM challenges, communication, critical thinking, time management, and presentation skills while exploring racial justice, gender equity, and community action issues. TechGYRLS® participants meet after school at least two days per week during the academic year.
STEM Impact Initiative provides structured and informal STEM education and professional development to participating after-school service providers throughout Allegheny County. The curriculum is interactive, and educational activities are uniquely structured to address the varied learning styles between girls and boys. Focus is on students who come from high poverty, ethnic and racial minority, disabled, and female populations, all of which are significantly underrepresented in the STEM career fields.
STEM Stars is a collaborative project of YWCA Greater Pittsburgh and Carnegie Science Center for economically disadvantaged girls. STEM Stars helps improve academic achievement, increase interest in STEM topics and careers, and decrease opportunity gaps for these girls. STEM Stars provides reading; math and science remediation and enrichment; hands-on project-based STEM activities; life skills development; mentoring; pre-college experiences; and STEM career exploration.