The vision of the NGCP is to bring together organizations throughout the United States that are committed to informing and encouraging girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
The goals of NGCP are to:
- 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 exemplary practice research and program models, outcomes, and products.
- Use the leverage of a network and the collaboration of individual girl-serving STEM programs to create the tipping point for gender equity in STEM.
The project focus for 2011-2016 is:
- Strengthen the capacity of girl-serving STEM programs to effectively reach and serve underrepresented girls in STEM.
- Increase the effectiveness of Collaboratives by providing professional development focused on sustainability, organizational effectiveness, and shared leadership.
- Maximize K-12 school counselors’ access to and use of relevant, high-quality resources that increase awareness of barriers to girls’ interest and engagement in STEM.
Exemplary practices in these areas will be delivered using a variety of methods, including webinars, the project website, and included in the professional development forums and mini-grants throughout each Collaborative.
The organizations selected to host local Collaboratives are impressive in their knowledge, experience, and diversity. As a group, the local Collaboratives have an extensive network of organizations and individuals engaged in pursuing this common goal and the opportunity to share with and learn from each other. They vary in focus areas and populations served, and include higher education institutions, community-based organizations, and private non-profits, but all work to increase gender equity in STEM fields. Currently, 31 Collaboratives, serving 39 states, facilitate collaboration between 12,800 organizations who serve 8.35 million girls and 4.5 million boys.