JA Girls Dream Fair - Junior Achievement of Mid-Michigan

JA Girls Dream Fair

When: December 8, 2017
Where:  Lansing Community College West Campus - 5708 Cornerstone Dr, Lansing, MI 48917
Time: All Day
 
Ja Girls Dream Fair

The JA Girls Dream Fair will inspire 240 seventh and eighth grade girls in the greater Lansing area. In a one day format, JA will introduce these girls to women mentors who work in STEM related fields and show them the exciting possibilities for their future. As the research suggests this is key in increasing their pursuit of STEM careers. Guided by JA's It's My Future curriculum, girls will investigate, ask questions and be inspired to consider STEM for their future.

What?

Junior Achievement of Mid-Michigan will be hosting the next JA Girls Dream Fair on December 8, 2017.  The focus of the event is to inspire 7th and 8th grade girls to explore STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) related careers.

Why?

The simple truth is that we have a growing nationwide STEM gap.

  • There has been a steep decline in the number of female graduates with computer science degrees over the past three decades.
  • National surveys find that nearly two-thirds of teenagers said they may be discouraged from pursuing STEM careers simply because they don't know anyone in these fields or they don't understand what people in these fields do.
  • By 15 girls are twice as likely to become depressed as boys.
  • Student interest in eighth grade, more so than achievement, has been found to be the strongest predictor of a student graduating with a STEM major in college.

As William Butler Yeats said, "Educating isn't the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." We need to light the fire and inspire our young people to explore the incredible world of STEM. We need to encourage young people from all backgrounds to participate in hands-on STEM projects.  Girls need to hear real life stories from successful women who will inspire them, talk about obstacles they overcame and build their self esteem. These are chances to experience life-changing moments of discovery with mentors from the STEM professions.

How?

The JA Girls Dream Fair will inspire 300 eighth grade girls in the greater Holland area. (priority given to those who qualify for free or reduced lunch and may be first generation college graduates). In a one day format, JA will introduce these girls to women mentors who work in STEM related fields and show them the exciting possibilities for their future.  As the research suggests this is key in increasing their pursuit of STEM careers. Guided by JA's It's My Future curriculum, girls will investigate, ask questions and be inspired to consider STEM for their future.

 

2017 Sponsors

Dart Development
Delta Dental
Lansing Community College

Become a Sponsor!

Sponsorships for these events are critical for Junior Achievement to continue providing life-changing programs to students in our community. These programs are delivered at no cost to students. You can make a difference in the lives of these students by participating in this world-class event! Email Jamie Sartor at jamie.sartor@ja.org   to learn how to sponsor a student for this event!
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