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July 2022

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Update: NGCP Strategic Plan

Working with NGCP's Board of Directors, Collaborative Leaderships teams, National Champions Board members and a wide range of stakeholders, we undertook a year-long process to examine key problems to solve and set three priority goals to meet the needs of our beneficiaries:

1. Build and sustain a network of advocates to provide equitable and inclusive STEM opportunities.

2. Catalyze equity in STEM from research to practice by providing actionable knowledge that transforms the STEM experience.

3. Increase our collective impact by strengthening organizational effectiveness and enhancing our fiscal sustainability.

From 2022 to 2027, NGCP aims to increase collaborations by 25%, increasing our reach to over 25 million underserved youth across all U.S. states and territories. Read the NGCP Strategic Plan.

A New Collective Voice for STEM Equity: #GirlsLeadSTEM

NGCP is part of #GirlsLeadSTEM, a new national, multi-sector effort to elevate the diverse voices of young women and girls in STEM, in partnership with the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, Intel Corporation, Lyda Hill Philanthropies, STEM Next Opportunity Fund, and Techbridge Girls. Leading up to and throughout October, #GirsLeadSTEM will lead a social media campaign to amplify the diverse voices of girls involved in STEM projects and fields from across the U.S. Together we will shine a light on the diversity of organizations, approaches, and girls paving the way for a sustained pathway in STEM. Sign up for the #GirlsLeadSTEM newsletter and participate by sharing content using the hashtag #GirlsLeadSTEM. Learn more.


Join the NGCP Collaborative Community: New Collaborative Informational Meetings

July 18, 2022, 1:00 PM Pacific / 4:00 PM Eastern 

August 1, 2022, 12:00 PM Pacific / 3:00 PM Eastern 

NGCP is accepting proposals from organizations interested in hosting collaborative activities and leading their state in STEM collaboration. The ideal convening organization for a Collaborative is one that is already engaged in work relating to girls in STEM and can fit the collaborative activities into existing job roles and organizational events. The NGCP Collaboration model creates a network of professionals, researchers, and practitioners, who facilitate collaboration and deliver high-quality, research-based professional development at the state and local level. To learn more about the benefits and process for developing or joining a Collaborative Leadership Team in your state, attend an informational meeting, and access the New Collaborative Interest Form

NGCP Webinar Series: Addressing STEM Stereotypes

We can break down stereotypes about STEM and help young children, youth, and young adults strengthen their interest and identification with STEM. Learn about strategies and resources to foster conversation with diverse learners and break down stereotypes.

         Addressing STEM Stereotypes with Youth and Young Adults

         October 13, 2022, 11:00 AM Pacific / 2:00 PM Eastern

         Addressing STEM Stereotypes with Young Children

         October 20, 2022, 11:00 AM Pacific / 2:00 PM Eastern


Research Spotlight

Black Girls Creating

We are spotlighting intersectional research and it’s connection to practice, showcasing exemplary practices and program models for engaging girls and youth in STEM. 

Black Girls Create, by LaShawnda Lindsay, highlights the development and implementation of a culturally responsive maker afterschool program for Black girls ages 11-14. Designed using social history, culturally responsive pedagogy, and mentoring, girls engaged in maker-based activities while learning about Black “Her-STEM” figures: women who made significant impacts in STEM. Key findings include the importance of effective community-based partnerships and intentional recruitment strategies, including culturally representative materials to engage with families and girls.

Upcoming STEM Events

CMD-IT/ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference  

Washington, D.C., September 7-10, 2022

The Tapia Conference, organized by the Center for Minorities and People with Disabilities in IT and Association of Computing Machinery, brings together undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, researchers, and professionals in computing from all backgrounds and ethnicities to celebrate and promote diversity. Early bird registration ends July 31, 2022. Register


Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) Conference

Pittsburgh, PA, September 12-15, 2022 

ASTC is an organization of science centers and museums dedicated to furthering public engagement with science among diverse audiences. This year's theme “Traversing Tomorrow Together” will explore a refined vision of the future for science and technology centers, museums, and allied professionals working at the intersections of science, technology, and society. Join NGCP for two workshops, Dream It, Plan It, Evaluate it: Inspiring Equity in STEM Environments, and Connecting Museums and Libraries to Promote Community Engagement in Science, and visit our exhibit hall booth. Early bird registration ends August 16, 2022. Register.

Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC)

Orlando, FL, September 20-23, 2022

GHC is the world's largest gathering of women technologists. This year's theme "Next is Now", underscores the urgency for equity in tech by considering all intersections of power. Participants will gain access to career and academic workshops, networking opportunities, and role models. A virtual conference option is available on the registration portal. Register.

American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Conference

Palm Springs, CA, October 6-8, 2022

The AISES conference focuses on educational, professional, and workforce development for Indigenous peoples of North America and the Pacific Islands in STEM studies and careers. Includes the largest college and career fair in the U.S. for Indigenous students and professionals. Exhibitors represent a diverse range of corporations, educational institutions, government agencies, nonprofits, Tribes, and Indigenous-owned businesses. Early bird registration ends August 12, 2022.  Register.

CSforALL Summit

Memphis, TN, October 19-21, 2022

The summit theme is “Game Changers in CS", exploring ways to shift the movement to ensure computer science is an equitable and sustainable part of the K-12 experience. With Memphis partner CodeCrew, the Summit will feature high-level conversations with national thought leaders highlighting strategies for equity, removing barriers to access, and building meaningful engagement for all students. Call for 2022 Commitments is open. Early bird deadline for commitments ends August 1, 2022. 

Society of Women Engineers Conference (WE22)

Houston, TX, October 20-22, 2022

WE21 is the largest conference for Women Engineers. This year’s theme is "A World of Opportunity Awaits." Learn, network, and be inspired by diverse women in the fields of technology and engineering. A virtual conference option is available on the registration portal. Early bird registration ends September 30, 2022. Register.

National Career Pathways Network (NCPN) Connect Conference 

Atlanta, GA, October 20-22, 2022

The NCPN conference is a professional development opportunity offering informative presentations, keynote speakers, and other timely information for professionals in Career Pathways, CTE, and workforce and economic development. Register.

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Summer Changes Everything NSLA Conference

Washington, DC, October 24-26, 2022

The National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) conference is an opportunity for stakeholders in the summer learning movement to share resources, best practices, and solutions for summer learning and afterschool programs. Early bird registration is open. Register.

The Connectory Spotlight
The Connectory showcases STEAM opportunities for youth to families and is a free online collaboration tool for providers to help find partners based on interests and needs.
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Camp Invention is a summer enrichment program, inspired by the brightest thinkers around—the Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame®. Using The Connectory’s bulk upload option, they have added 1,000+ summer camps across the U.S. Youth in grades K-6 collaborate with friends in hands-on, open-ended STEM adventures, such as diving into ocean research with their own robotic animal, developing inventions for space exploration, building a spinning robotic artist, and designing a mega marble arcade. Each activity is designed to inspire curiosity, stretch imaginations, and give youth explorers an epic summer experience.  

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STEM Resources

Congressional App Challenge (CAC)

The CAC strives to engage youth to explore STEM, coding, and computer science through hands-on practice. Every year, middle and high school age youth are challenged to create original apps for district-by-district computer science competitions hosted by U.S. representatives in their state. Youth may register as individuals or teams of up to four. The deadline to register and submit apps is November 1, 2022. 

Girls Who Code: At Home Activities 

Code at Home activities, help youth build computer science skills through interdisciplinary topics with real-world application, each featuring a pioneering woman in technology. Activities include unplugged and online options of varying levels of difficulty. 

July is Park and Recreation Month

The National Recreation and Park Association's 2022 theme is “We Rise Up”, bringing attention to the importance of all those who support and stand up to build more equitable and climate-ready communities through parks and recreation. The National Park Service has lesson plans and activities for youth from pre-K through high school to celebrate Park and Recreation Month.

NCWIT AspireIT Toolkit  

The AspireIT toolkit equips diverse informal or formal educators with research and resources for designing and running technology-based programming for youth grades K-12 with a focus on broadening the participation of girls and historically underrepresented populations. Rooted in the values of peer mentorship, inclusivity, and hands-on engagement, the toolkit includes resources for program planning, lesson design, facilitation, and reflection.

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Reinvented Magazine: Special Digital Issue 

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the passage of Title IX, which prohibits sex-based discrimination in any education program or activity receiving federal financial aid, this special issue made with technical assistance from the Department of Education, showcases the intersections of athletics and STEM, featuring women professionals working in interdisciplinary and unconventional careers. 

Global Resources


STEM is FEM, an educational project in Ukraine, aims to foster girls’ STEM interests and skill sets through educational modules and competitions focused on diverse STEM industries, and through exhibitions, such as SHE is SCIENCE, featuring portraits of women scientists drawn by Ukrainian illustrators with essays written by girls from around the country. With the Russian invasion, STEM is FEM changed its focus to supporting girls living in insecurity or forced to leave the country by helping them continue their STEM interests through scholarships, online educational modules, and providing STEM resources to their community of girls. Learn more.


Girl Up Global Leadership Summit

Online, July 12-13, 2022

The Girl Up Leadership Summit is an opportunity for youth leaders (ages 13-22) to gain the skills, resources, and confidence to make an impact on gender equality in their communities. Summit participants will learn from influential speakers, engage in skill-based workshops, and participate in a day of action. Live captioning will be available in Spanish, Portuguese, and English. Register.

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