The mission of the Science Club for Girls (SCFG) is to increase the self-confidence and literacy in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) of K-12th grade girls belonging to groups that are underrepresented in these fields, through free programs that include hands-on learning, mentorship, and leadership opportunities.
Girls work with mentor-scientists who model and foster leadership, affirm college as an expectation, and promote careers in science and technology as goals and options.
Currently, SCFG provides free, hands-on science and engineering programs to over 1,000 girls in five cities in eastern Massachusetts (Cambridge, Lawrence, Boston, Newton and Fitchburg), and in Pokuase, Ghana.
Given that 80% of the fastest growing jobs in the next decade will require facility with science, technology, engineering and mathematics, efforts to increase interest and career awareness in these fields are essential to ensure the economic security for underrepresented groups and their communities. Out-of-school-time programs like Science Club for Girls are also an important strategy to narrow the achievement gap and to assure the long-term economic competitiveness for the state and the country, as outlined in the former Governor Deval Patrick’s Plan for Excellence in STEM Education and in President Obama’s Educate to Innovate campaign, including the Change the Equation initiative.
Now in its 17th year, the SCFG has established an excellent reputation as a nonprofit organization with expertise in girls-specific programming in underserved communities. SCFG was recognized with one of six national MetLife AfterSchool Innovator Awards in Fall 2010 for the design and impact of our Science Clubs and CELLS program. We are also the recipient the Nonprofit of the Year award by Cambridge Chamber of Commerce in 2009.
How To Volunteer
APPLY NOW to be a mentor in our Spring Science Clubs for K-7th grade girls. There are Volunteer Opportunities in Boston, Cambridge, Newton and Lawrence. For more information, visit: http://www.scienceclubforgirls.org/ways-to-volunteer.php.