We are a network of networks. The National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) brings together organizations committed to informing and encouraging girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). NGCP connects, creates, and collaborates with advocates for transformative change to advance the agenda in gender equity and expand girls’ participation in STEM. For 20 years, we have been transforming STEM.
vision & mission
- Our Vision: STEM experiences are as diverse as the world we live in.
- Our Mission: Connect, create, and collaborate to transform STEM for all youth.
NGCP by the Numbers
1. Maximize access to shared resources within projects, and with public and private sector organizations and institutions.
2. Strengthen capacity of existing and evolving projects by sharing exemplary practices, research findings, program models, outcomes, and products.
3. Create the tipping point for gender equity in STEM by using the leverage of a network and the collaboration of individual girl-serving STEM programs.
NGCP got its start in 2002 as the Northwest Girls Collaborative Project, working in Washington and Oregon to address the complex issue of gender equity in STEM. Funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2004 expanded our reach to California, Massachusetts, and Wisconsin — and we became the National Girls Collaborative Project.
Additional funding from NSF in 2006 , 2011, and 2015 supported NGCP's growth. Today, we have 33 Collaboratives, serving 41 states. Together we facilitate collaboration across 42,500 organizations, which serve 20.2 million girls and 10 million boys. We also have a network in Australia and operate on a global basis as the Global Girls Collaborative.
Beyond Collaboratives, NGCP's reach and activities have expanded to include key educational and media partnerships, as well as the creation of digital tools. We manage several national and international databases. Making it easier for youth to find engaging STEAM activities and inspiring female role models is the driving force behind all of this work.
The National Girls Collaborative Project has been partially funded via a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Human Resource Development, and Research on Gender in Science and Engineering.