Tennessee Girls Collaborative Project

The Tennessee Girls Collaborative encourages new ways of thinking, creates innovative solutions and builds a strong and diverse workforce in Tennessee by bringing together organizations and individuals throughout Tennessee that are committed to informing, motivating, and supporting girls in the pursuit of futures 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. The Tennessee Girls Collaboratiave Project provides the opportunity for programs to increase their ability to maintain interest and participation of girls in STEM within Tennessee through collaboration.

The Tennessee Girls Collaborative Project 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