Girls Who STEAM Inc.

Sriya Tallapragada

New Jersey

GirlsWhoSTEAM is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to empower womxn in stem through free events and workshops.

Updates from Girls Who STEAM

July, 2022
The issues facing women are a widely recognized issue, and a lot of organizations are actively working in the fight to close it. However, while many focus on empowerment and financial support to adult women, fighting it through the lens of a workforce, my organization tries to stop it by starting young. We connect with underprivileged children across the world to essentially be a free supplement to most standardized education curriculum, advocating for giving them a stronger education in STEM and financial literacy, as well as mental health workshops and career events. We value the hands-on approach in fostering active learners. Recently, I have been involved in driving the strategic change portion of my organization, deciding to focus on the target organization that our organization hopes to reach.

It is especially important for at-risk youth because it sets them up for a life of financial savviness and success. Seeing as though a lot of the girls we work with come from backgrounds of poverty, our education breaks generational patterns and allows them to build positive financial behaviors from a young age. Through the GirlsWhoSTEAM Program, we believe that all of our participants will build the confidence to grow into young women who will apply the lessons they learned from the workshops into their lives, and end up with a healthy financial standing. I have started doing this by increasing an investment in our community partnerships, so we are able to reach people who need our programs the most.

Our project focuses on impacting in ways that are both big and small; we focus on reaching as many girls as possible and work on developing life-long mentorship with those interested. At the end of the day, our work serves as a reminder that there always is the power of women's mentorship. After I complete major projects in my organization, I receive some letters, emails, and DM's from excited participants with a newfound interest in this subject. Whether this is 7-year-old girls excited about the new slime they created or college students with a determination to stick with their STEM major, it is very gratifying to know my mission and goal have been attained.