This Saturday, October 11th, Black Girls Code partners up with YWCA of Brooklyn to present a stellar panel of women of color STEM professionals! The goal of the event is to increase interest of girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics career fields (STEM). Statistics show that people of color have been and remain underrepresented in STEM careers. By bringing more events like this one and having more programs like Black Girls Code we can help bring awareness to inner city children of all the possibilities pursuing a career in a STEM discipline can bring! We need to make more options available to them!
October 11th is International Day of the Girl Child, a day devoted to empowering girls around the world. Black Girls Code and YWCA picked a perfect day to introduce young minds to professions they may not even know exist to them! One of the main reasons I strive to open Digital Girl, Inc. is because regardless of the fact that I consistently received citywide test scores of 98 and above in Math and Science, no one ever told me once that I could be a scientist. As silly as it may seem, the truth of the matter is the scientists on TV were usually men with no resemblance my dad. Usually, they didn’t even have his accent, so it never occurred to me that I could very well be on one of those National Geographic shows I loved to watch so much growing up with my dad.
“Women and people of color are traditionally vastly underrepresented in STEM fields especially in technology where only 3% of African American women and less than 1% of Latinas receive degrees in computer science. The Women of Color Career Panel will provide girls from all corners of New York City an opportunity to be exposed to a career field in which there will be 1.4 million jobs created by the year 2020,” says Kimberly Bryant, Black Girls CODE Founder & Executive Director.
If more inner city children had access to even 1/8th of those nearly 2 million opportunities, think of the difference that would make to our communities. The strengthening of our communities lay in the empowerment of our youth. We must teach them to become confident, self sufficient, societal leaders. We must teach them to believe in themselves. We must teach them about the power of education and it’s impact on an individual, their lives and the people around them. Martha Kamber, the YWCA of Brooklyn CEO and President says, “The YWCA believes that educating girls about their career options, especially in higher paying nontraditional occupations, will not only support women to become leaders in these fields, it will also help close the gender wage gap.” I couldn’t agree more!
When I found out this event was coming to my hometown, I knew I couldn’t miss it! Tickets to this free event are now sold out but I am proud to say that I will be in the building taking pictures and as well as notes! I will use this event to show my local politicians and community leaders how beneficial events like these are and that we need a program like Digital Girl, Inc to be thee vessel of STEM knowledge and awareness to the Bedford-Stuyvesant youth! I hope you will stay tuned to get the highlights and take aways from this amazing event!