Jacinta thinks it is unacceptable that the final grade shapes the career conversation. Unfortunately, at the start of the program there was a problem with the mindset of Jacinta’s school where grades dictated behaviours and girls were following stereotypical career pathways. Jacinta believes in a school where girls engage in a wide range of STEM related professions and have every opportunity to succeed in whatever field they desire.
The key to Jacinta’s initiative was providing girls with opportunities to meet STEM career professionals. The project is ongoing, but already Jacinta is having an impact!
Jacinta hosted lunches for girls during which STEM professionals came and shared their career journey and stories with participants. She set up a Power Lunch pro forma and then connected with a wide range of STEM professionals as well as students to discover the type of professionals that were of interest and what lunchtimes best suited. On a rotating day each week 8 different STEM professionals presented their journey to the participants.
So far Jacinta’s initiatives have positively impacted between 6 and 20 students who attended the lunches, and she has involved 9 STEM professionals in the process.
“One girl in particular has attended every week and is our biggest advocate, promoting it to her friends and school community.”
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Jacinta would love your support for Power Lunches, or for you to start a similar program in your school, and she’d love to hear about any ideas you have or lend a hand where she can. Shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to get in touch with Jacinta and we can connect you. Feel free to cheer her on in the comments below as well.
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