Our Impact

THE PROBLEM

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Women are underrepresented in STEM

  • 15% of engineers are women.

  • 12% of physicists and astronomers are women.

  • 26% of the Computer Science Workforce are women.

Minorities are underrepresented in STEM

  • 5% of the STEM Workforce are women from underrepresented minority groups (African American, Hispanics).

Girls first start to lose interest in STEM fields around the age of 12 and girls report being less interested in STEM careers than boys.

PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE

  • As technology advances, we need women and underrepresented groups in STEM more than ever for their input.

  • There will be 1.4 million computing job openings from 2010-2022 in the U.S.

  • At the rate we are going, only 32 % of these jobs will be filled by U.S. graduates.

  • Women in STEM earn on average 33% more than their non-STEM counterparts.

THE SAfG SOLUTION

SAfG is addressing this complex challenge of increasing participation of girls and women in STEM by designing relevant, appropriate curriculum that addresses the major barriers of entry and which aligns with the hiring needs and culture of companies in the STEM industries. SAfG’s programmatic interventions focus on making projects more socially relevant, culturally sensitive and hands-on. SAfG’s programs also acknowledge that a major factor is how girls self-identify with STEM. Therefore, our teachers try to challenge the way girls think about who belongs in STEM and to encourage girls to challenge the stereotypical scientists and engineers portrayed in media - from mad scientists to mean villains to quirky, loner nerds — the majority of whom are men. SAfG targets, untapped, underserved areas of the Bay Area and collaborates with many technology and science companies in the area who are trying to diversify their workforce. Since 2014, SAfG has accomplished the following:

AFTER SCHOOL

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771 girls

unique girls served

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86%

girls say they are interested in science

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19 schools

reached in the East Bay

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95%

parents say SAfG has increased their daughter’s interest in science

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143 programs

delivered

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83%

teachers say SAfG girls showed greatest improvement in positive attitudes towards math when compared to rest of the class.

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1608 hours

hands-on science instruction delivered

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81%

girls return for another program year-over-year

PUBLIC LIBRARIES

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1415 girls & boys

children served

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8 libraries

reached in Oakland

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72 classes

free STEM classes delivered

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108 hours

hands-on science instruction delivered

SAfG CURRENTLY OFFERS:

  • After School STEM sessions at Anna Yates, Jefferson, Emerson, Martin Luther King Jr., Sankofa, Chabot, Washington, Hoover, Roosevelt elementary schools and at Madison Park in the East Bay

  • STEM Drop-in Library classes all year round at Golden Gate, Melrose and Dimond public libraries in Oakland.

  • STEM Summer Camps at the Emeryville Center for Community Life (ECCL)

OTHER SAfG PROGRAMS:

  • Family STEAM Nights

  • Role Model Program

  • Near Peer Mentorship Program

  • Professional Development for Elementary Teachers

  • Hour of Code Events

Samples from the "Draw a Scientist" Exercise:

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