GIT Mentor-Protégé Program Launches in DC

By Jenny Oh.

Hello GIT family!

Since serving Girls in Technology from 2013, I truly feel that we are family.  I have seen girls grow up throughout their high school years, graduate and go off to college, I’ve met many parents, teachers, I have seen mentors progress through their careers and through the many stages of life, such as vacations, engagements, relocations, mommyhood, and even retirement (how I envy you).  The committee behind the scenes, and the women of Women in Technology and STEM for Her, we have logged many years and many successes together.  Thank you for the incredible times we have shared, and being the best tribe in the world!

Together, our extended family, we have done so much good for our community, for our daughters and the next generation.  I’m so proud of what we have accomplished in the Virginia and Maryland GIT programs.  Since I have joined in 2013, we have had over 200 applicants for the Mentor Protege programs, and GIT has awarded over $15,000 in scholarships and provided imagination bending experiences to inspire girls towards STEM.  GIT is sending confident girls to college!

“GIT got me motivated for college and that motivation made my first year of college very successful. Also, it provided motivation to get involved on campus and it helped me continue to empower women in STEM related majors. This motivation helped me become President of a major related student organization the Spring of my Freshmen year.”                                                                                                        – Giselle, GIT Alum. Sophomore at University of Oklahoma, Major: Petroleum Engineering

“My school has a really low percentage of females, especially those in a STEM field. GIT gave me a lot more confidence and also taught me how to interact with guys a lot better. Now when I go into a lab with one other girl I am not nervous of how the guys will act.”                                                                             – Katrina, GIT Alum. US Coast Guard Academy, Major: Civil Engineering

This fall, our GIT family is expanding!  I am proud to announce that Girls in Technology Mentor Protege will be offered in Washington D.C. for the very first time.  Our family is increasing by almost 100!  We have proteges from over 20 DC schools, and new DC mentors!  We want to get DC girls interested about STEM, make professional networks, win scholarships, and provide job shadowing opportunities to get them ready for college.  I hope you will give them a warm welcome and show them just how deep and how wide the GIT family is.  (Check out our DC video announcement: Girls in Technology DC Video Announcement)

We are hosting the DC Mentor Protege Program at the Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences, located in the heart of Chinatown, DC.  YES – we will have the entire science museum for GIT!  We truly appreciate the generosity of the museum sponsors, but also we absolutely love that the museum is named after Marian Koshland – a female immunologist! #girlpower

I want to introduce a few new family members, our amazing GIT Mentor Protégé Program DC Team:

We have been preparing for DC since early spring and all throughout the summer.  Read more about us here: GIT DC Team Bio

Please celebrate with us, as we launch our DC Mentor Protégé Program program on Tuesday, October 25, 2016.

Thank you,

Jenny Oh
GIT DC Mentor Protégé Program Chair

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