What Is Girls Summit?
Girls Summit is a hands-on S.T.E.A.M.-based (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) career exploration day that introduces girls in grades 5th-10th to “non-traditional” fields through a keynote address, a series of workshops, and panel discussions comprised of students from local colleges and high schools. All speakers, workshop facilitators, and panelists are women so that participants can better envision themselves in similar roles. Each participant will rotate through 4 of 8 workshops, half on the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) campus featuring ESF-fostered careers and half on the Syracuse University campus in conjunction with their Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP). This year’s workshop topics include paper-making and testing, mechanical engineering and welding, Mercury in Aquatic Food Webs, meteorology, physical therapy, and more! Girls Summit is intended for girls at a slightly younger age than many career workshops because youth in this age group often do not realize that they are in a position to make decisions that may affect the rest of their lives. Our primary goal is to empower girls with the confidence, knowledge, and role models essential for making educational and life decisions consistent with personal goals of economic independence, self-sufficiency, and equality.
How Can I Get Involved?
- Become a workshop presenter (NOTE: must have expertise in a STEAM-related field)
- As a presenter, you will be asked to conduct four 45-minute workshops. These should be hands-on, minds-on activities tailored to specific age groups (attendees will be between 10-15 years old).
- Volunteer (NOTE: must be at least 18 years of age)
- Group Guide: # Needed – 25
You and another volunteer will be assigned a group of 10-15 girls and for whom you will spend the day with: attend all sessions, breaks, and lunch. You will assist with room transitions, bathroom breaks, lunch, and pre- & post-evaluation. You are the go to person for your group! It is your responsibility to greet the girls and make them feel welcome and at ease when they arrive and throughout the day.
- Registration & Reporting: # Needed – 5
You will be responsible for signing girls in who have pre-registered and for registering girls who show up on the day of to register. You will also be responsible for handling payments and ensuring that all paperwork is filled out completely. After the registration period is over, you will enter information from the registration forms into a reporting system.
- Floater & Photographer: # Needed – 4
You will be paired up with another volunteer to be a “floater” at each site – the designated ESF campus building and SU campus building. You will be the “go-between” for communication between workshop presenters and event staff. You will also be the point person for pointing group guides in the right direction at the site you are assigned to.
- Lunch Servers: # Needed – 5
You will be responsible for proper food handling in serving lunch to participants and volunteers, and for clean-up after the lunch period is over.
- Become a panelist (NOTE: must be currently enrolled in a community college, university, or as a senior in high school)
- Become a financial sponsor.
- Donate your photography skills! Document the day and assist in social media efforts.
- Donate items as door prizes for participants.
For More Information:
Contact Aja Everson at (315) 424-0040 or firstname.lastname@example.org