Today’s economy and tomorrow’s wellbeing depend on innovations in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, the four fields collectively known as STEM. Despite women accounting for more than half of the college educated workforce, a troubling gender gap persists in STEM careers. That’s why the American Heart Association (AHA) is proud be working to close the gender gap in STEM through our STEM Goes Red program.
To kick off this year’s STEM Goes Red program, we brought together over 70 high school age students from the Denver metro area on Sept. 24. These students gathered at the University of Colorado where they heard from over 10 local female experts with the singular goal of propelling the next generation of women to rewarding careers in STEM fields. The event concluded with an inspiring, interactive workshop with Gitanjali Rao, Denver native and TIME Magazine’s first ever, Kid of the Year. The students left the event inspired with new perspectives on potential STEM careers to explore.
The AHA STEM Goes Red program is ongoing and will continue throughout the 2021/2022 school year. As the program continues, students will have the opportunity to build rapport and connect with local mentors and hear from additional local women in STEM careers. The goal is to build confidence amongst these students, build meaningful relationships, and spark imagination about career options in STEM fields.
Interested in serving as a mentor, leading a breakout session, or know a teen that would be like to come on this journey with us? Contact Kristen Small, Corporate Development Director, Social Events at Kristen.Small@heart.org.
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke.