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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.

Our current program offerings include LaunchPad, TechGYRLS, the STEM Impact Initiative, and STEM Stars. The programs are structured so that students study STEM disciplines, connect with their communities, and advocate for what they believe in, ensuring that they acquire leadership and STEM skills relevant to today's world. Find out more...

LaunchPad bridges the opportunity gap that can discourage economically disadvantaged and minority high school girls from pursuing STEM educations and careers. A workforce development initiative, LaunchPad provides weekly out-of-school time sessions in which girls participate in STEM enrichment activities; explore post-secondary education and careers; and learn skills such as goal-setting, decision-making, and financial literacy.

TechGYRLS® broadens girls' knowledge and interests and nurtures their confidence as knowledgeable STEM enthusiasts. 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.

The 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 awaken children's interest in STEM. The STEM Impact Initiative supports students who come from high poverty, ethnic and racial minority, disabled, and female populations, all of which are significantly underrepresented in the STEM educational and career fields.

STEM Stars is a collaborative project of YWCA Greater Pittsburgh and Carnegie Science Center. Directed at girls from economically disadvantaged homes, the program helps improve academic achievement, increase interest in STEM topics and careers, and decrease opportunity gaps. STEM Stars provides hands-on, project-based STEM activities; math and science enrichment; life skills development; mentoring; pre-college experiences; and STEM career exploration.

Contact us for more information about our STEM programing. 

STEM Stars is funded in part by United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Did you know?

According to the Center for Disease Control, African American women are over three times more likely to be murdered with a gun than white women.

Read more about YWCA's position on gun violence.

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