Youngstown STEM workshop targets girls

Staff report


Science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers are the focus of a weeklong workshop targeting girls in fourth through sixth grades.

The YWCA of Youngstown in collaboration with Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition, OH WOW! The Roger and Gloria Jones Center for Science and Technology, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown’s office and the city schools are planning a pilot program — Summer Manufacturing Institute — from July 22 to 26.

The program targeting girls seeks to provide an introduction to manufacturing careers available.

This workshop is sponsored by the Raymond John Wean Foundation and the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley.

The focus of the program is to promote STEM careers. Although this program is co-ed, the YWCA is particular encouraging girls to apply.

Women make an average of 77 cents to every $1 that men make.

The YWCA’s economic empowerment strategy aims to educate women in nontraditional careers that typically have a higher pay compared to the traditional careers that women choose. An average experienced manufacturing employee makes $69,454 annually.

The program is open to girls in fourth through sixth grades. Enrollment is $15 for the weeklong workshop, which will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Before and after care is available to those who need it at the YWCA Summer Care Camp Empower.

The workshop will include visits to manufacturing plants in the Valley, theory classes about manufacturing careers, design challenges, journaling and more. The workshop will conclude on with a final showcase of the week’s design projects at an open house breakfast event for family and friends.

For information or to register, call Jennie Andrews at 330-746-6361. Limited spots are available and the registration deadline is July 15.

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