Illinois Girls Collaborative Project

Student observing her science experiment.

The Illinois Girls Collaborative Project (ILGCP) brings together organizations through Illinois that are committed to informing and motivating girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). 

Too often programs that serve girls in STEM are limited in service and impact due to size, location, funding, expertise, and equipment. In other cases, projects compete with each other, duplicating services and seeking the same resources. ILGCP provides the opportunity for programs to increase their ability to maintain interest and participation of girls in STEM within Illinois through collaboration. 

ILGCP is based upon a model developed by the National Girls Collaborative Project, and replicated through a grant from the National Science Foundation. Project activities are designed to facilitate connections between organizations to maximize access to shared resources. Collaboration, as an interactive process, enables professionals across projects and communities to generate and carry out creative solutions and strategies that maximize benefit beyond what one project or community could accomplish. The model is structured to bring organizations together to leverage resources, share information and exemplary practices, and to plan strategically to expand STEM-related opportunities for girls.

Collaborative activities are facilitated with the support of a Collaborative Leadership Team and Champions Board.