Girls at TIC (GROW)
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A staggering 80% of future jobs will require a STEM education. More than 75% of working women feel that participating in sports enhances their self-image. Despite being incredibly capable of success in both STEM fields and athletic pursuits, girls drop out of science, math, and sports at alarming rates as they grow up, particularly during adolescence. Studies have shown many reasons for this decrease in interest, ranging from reduced access to social pressures and even lack of visible role models.
At TIC, we strongly believe in how beneficial the skills and the confidence gained through studying technology and participating in sports can be for all gender identities. We also recognize, however, that there is a serious inequity that needs to be remedied. Because of this, we are committed to creating a safe and supportive environment where all campers are encouraged to cultivate their individual interests in sports and technology free of social stigma. All of our staff are trained to recognize and be sensitive to the barriers that disproportionately impact only part of our camp community. TIC also buys in to the idea that, “if you can see it, you can be it”, which is why we hire exceptional female athletes, scientists, programmers, and artists.
As part of our efforts, last year we started a new program at all 3 camp locations called “GROW” (Girls Rock Our World), where all our female-identifying campers had the opportunity to eat lunch together with some of our female staff twice a week and participate in numerous workshops. Creating these opportunities, to find common ground between women, is a validating and confidence-building experience, and TIC wants to provide an intentional space where girls can share their interests, ideas and challenges. In 2019, we will continue to develop the program using the concept, “if you can see it, you can be it!” Our goal is to bring female speakers from a variety of different professions into each site to meet the GROW club and share their experiences with them. If you or someone you know would be interested in being a GROW speaker, please email Leslie at [email protected]