Pre – G3: The Elsevier Foundation Data Analytics Preparatory Program for Girls
Girls Inc. of New York City inspires New York City girls to be strong, smart, and bold through direct service and advocacy. Our comprehensive approach to whole girl development equips girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers and grow up healthy, educated, and independent. These positive outcomes are achieved through three core elements: people – trained staff and volunteers who build lasting, mentoring relationships; environment – girls-only, physically and emotionally safe, where there is a sisterhood of support, high expectations, and mutual respect; and programming – research-based, hands-on and minds-on, age-appropriate, meeting the needs of today’s girls.
Teaching data science through the lenses of social justice
Women hold just 26% of data science-related jobs and minority women have an even less advantageous employment outlook, according to a 2017 report by the American Association of University Women. In 2017, less than one in 10 women in the data workforce were minorities: Asian (5%), African American (3%) and Hispanic (1%).
Through its programming, Girls Inc, a non-profit serving girls ages 6 to 18 at more than 1,400 sites in 400 cities across the US and Canada, has prepared girls to study in STEM fields and attain college and postgraduate degrees. Over the past 4 years, Girls Inc of New York City (GYNYC) has introduced hundreds of high school girls to the field of data analytics through Generation Giga Girls (G3): The Moody’s Data Analytics Program. However, the demand for more programming, serving more girls at an even earlier age, has become a critical priority.
To achieve this, GINYC has partnered with the Elsevier Foundation to launch a first-of-its-kind introduction to data analytics for girls as young as 8th grade using a social justice lens. Underserved girls often lack the basic hard and soft skills required to thrive in intensive programs like G3. The 8th grade is also a crucial year as students begin to get harder academic coursework, develop time management and organizational skills while being exposed to competing priorities with increasing responsibility at home and social pressure among peer group. Pre G3 aims to fill that gap by creating a strong data skills pipeline for talented young women.
Demographic: Girls age 12-15 years
Location: Girls Inc. of New York City (GINYC) runs the program throughout the five boroughs of New York City.
- Improve math scores and overall academic scores.
- Increase curiosity in STEM, with particular emphasis on data science.
- Increase belief in the importance of data analytics and STEM.
- Increase the percentage of students who demonstrate readiness for high school-level study in STEM fields.
- More than 50% of girls who complete Pre-G3 will participate in the G3 program.
- Increase the percentage of students who demonstrate readiness for college- level study in STEM fields.
- Increase the number of students who graduate from a post-secondary institution with a degree in a STEM field
- 40 teen girls from all across NYC joined the launch of Pre-G3 in June 2019 during the annual Summer Data Analytics Institute. The Institute ran Mon-Thu, 9am–4pm for 4 weeks. It engaged the girls in the world of data science and its effects on their interactions with nearly every aspect of their lives.
- Over the 4 weeks, the girls were introduced to Giorgia Lupi’s data visualization work, which provided an accessible introduction to “humanistic” and creative ways for improving the accessibility of information through visual representations. Lupi’s work helped to inform their final projects and the way they chose to represent data around topics that included immigration, mental health, and the school-to-prison pipeline.
- In September 2019, partnered with two middle schools (in East Harlem and the Bronx) to implement the Pre-G3 program as a class for 2 cohorts of middle school girls.
- In Spring 2020, partnering with 3 middle schools and one high school to implement the course over 15 weeks.
- Hosted trainings in for NYC educators at existing partner school.
- Recruitment of 50 girls for the 4-week summer institute
- Identify a new cohort of 10-15 middle and high schools to partner with during the 2020-2021 school year and serve 200 girls.
- The Staten Island Borough President’s office is interested in piloting the Pre-G3 program in 5 middle schools
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