January is National Mentoring Month

National Mentoring Month focuses national attention on the need for mentors to guide our youth. Research shows girls benefit from relationships with role models and mentors who can provide valuable information about STEM careers.

 

FabFems Resources: The FabFems Project has a collection of resources for role models, educators, and parents to inspire and educate girls about science, computer science, technology, engineering, and mathematics courses and careers. Resources include: Resources for Role ModelsResources for Girls; Community Highlights; and FabFems Events.

 

MentorNet: MentorNet's mission is to help engineering and science students at the university level by matching them with mentors and guiding their one-on-one relationships over the Web. MentorNet enables students to achieve their career goals and works to diversify the engineering and science workforce by focusing on women and underrepresented minorities. This program is offered at no cost to students with an .edu email address who intend to enter the STEM fields. 

 

Role Models in Science & Engineering Achievement: The USA Science & Engineering Festival features "Role Models in Science & Engineering Achievement" on their website. These STEM profiles include a variety of pioneers. This is a useful resource for teachers and students.

 

SciGirls Role Model Strategies: Encouraging Girls to Consider STEM Careers: STEM professionals are in positions to make real differences in girls' lives by becoming role models. By hosting field trips, visiting classrooms, or working with after-school programs and summer camps, they encourage youth in to explore STEM. This resource offers training for role models, introducing the best practices for their volunteer efforts.

 

Women@NASA: This collection of videos and essays showcases women who work across a variety of NASA departments. The stories demonstrate how these women work to make the world a better place, balance personal and professional responsibilities, and overcome obstacles to pursue their dreams. The site contains resources to inspire girls in STEM, information for K-12 educators, and serves as a hub for women and outreach at NASA.