The Florida Girls Collaborative Project: Increasing Gender Equity in STEM. Why STEM?.
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-Change the Equation
The National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) brings together organizations that are committed to informing and encouraging girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
(IN, MI, MN, OH, WI)
(DC, DE,MD, VA)
Midwest (IL, KS, MO)
New Hampshire/ Vermont
(AK, HI, ID, MT, OR, WA)
Southern New England (MA, RI)
Maximize access to shared resources within projects and with public and private sector organizations and institutions interested in expanding girls’ participation in STEM.
Strengthen capacity of existing and evolving projects by sharing promising practice research and program models, outcomes and products.
Use the leverage of a network or collaboration of individual girl-serving STEM programs to create the tipping point for gender equity in STEM.
Conferences, Forums, and Webcasts
Project Web site
Incentives to collaborate
National and Regional Champions Boards
11,469,883 visits to the NGCP Web site in 4 years
2064 programs are listed in the online NGCP Program Directory
17,058 participants served in 126 mini-grants completing activities
9,119 practitioners have been served through events and Webcasts
4,865,557 girls are served indirectly by NGCP by having their leaders trained in the philosophy, knowledge, and methods of NGCP.
There are uncoordinated services to girls interested in STEM careers. Collaboration allows for creation of a higher quality, more integrated product for end users.
Collaboration reduces isolation among STEM professionals.
Collaborative relationships increase access to scarce resources.
Collaboration increases capacity to provide more opportunities to girls and women in STEM.
Collaboration strengthens relationships among organizations. It also increases the potential for organizational and individual learning by sharing promising practices.
Organizations have a better ability to achieve important outcomes.
Reflect on past collaborations and the characteristics of successful or ineffective collaborations.
Create a quick summary of your program services you can easily share when you first meet potential collaborators.
Identify your program/institutional strengths and challenges.
Identify the program/institutional resources you have to offer.
Identify your program/institutional needs.
Find the “home” of your audience who can benefit from your research findings/program products and services.
Identify assistance or guides that can help you.
Be flexible and patient.
Allow for organizational diversity.
Create a positive relationship based on mutual trust.
Create a collaboration agreement or action plan.
Debrief the collaboration.
Join the NGCP listserv
Amy Foster, National Program Manager
Shari Money, Florida Collaborative Lead