Role Models and Mentoring

The FabFems Project is an international database of women who are inspiring role models for young women. It is free and accessible to young women, parents, girl-serving STEM programs, and other organizations working to increase career awareness and interest in STEM. The FabFems Project is brought to you by the National Girls Collaborative Project.

Million Women Mentors
Million Women Mentors (MWM) is an engagement campaign and national call to action that mobilizes corporations, government entities, non-profit and higher education groups, around the imperative of mentoring girls and young women in STEM fields. The National Girls Collaborative Project is a Founding Partner of the MWM Initiative. 

500 Women Scientists
500 Women Scientists' Request a Woman Scientist platform connects an extensive multidisciplinary network of vetted women in science with anyone who needs to consult a scientist for a news story, invite a keynote speaker or panelist for a conference or workshop, find a woman scientist to collaborate on a project, or serve as a subject matter expert in any capacity.

ACE Mentor Program: Architecture, Construction, Engineering
The ACE Mentor Program of America, Inc. not only engages sponsors and volunteer mentors to expose students to real-world opportunities, it financially supports each student's continued success through scholarships and grants. The ACE program helps to mentor high school students and inspires them to pursue careers in design and construction.

Collaborative for Gender Equity
The Collaborative for Gender Equity in Emerging Technologies website is a resource developed by the Center for Occupational Research and Development (CORD) as part of a National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education Project. The Gender Equity Collaborative Mentoring Toolkit provides step-by-step guidance for program coordinators on developing and sustaining successful mentoring programs serving their region.

EarthEcho: STEMExplore
STEMExplore videos introduce the amazing people that go to work every day as modern day inventors and adventurers that spend their lives solving the big problems, uncovering the hidden secrets, and finding new questions to answer everyday using science, technology, engineering, and math.

IF/THEN Collection
The IF/THEN® Collection is the largest free resource of its kind dedicated to increasing access to authentic and relatable images of real women in STEM. Here in this digital library, you will find thousands of photos, videos and other assets that authentically represent women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  The content features careers as diverse as shark tagging, fashion design, and training Olympic athletes, and nudges public perceptions in a more realistic direction that illuminates the importance of STEM everywhere.

Mentoring in a Box - Technical Women at Work
Mentoring-in-a-Box: Technical Women at Work is a resource from the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT). This resource offers activities, resources, and tools to support a mentoring pair, presented in an easy-to-use format. Visit for more related NCWIT resources.

MentorNet is a virtual mentoring organization leveraging technology to match STEM students in higher education with professionals working in STEM fields. MentorNet seeks to provide all STEM students in the United States with access to effective mentorship in a vibrant community committed to student persistence and success.

Million Girls Moonshot
The Million Girls Moonshot seeks to re-imagine who can engineer, who can build, who can make. It will inspire and prepare the next generation of innovators by engaging one million more girls in STEM learning opportunities through afterschool and summer programs over the next 5 years. The Moonshot will be active in out-of-school programs in all 50 states, leveraging the Mott-funded 50 State Afterschool Network, which has access to more than 10 million youth and 100,000 afterschool programs across the country.

National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR)
MENTOR's mission is to fuel the quality and quantity of mentoring relationships for America’s young people and to close the mentoring gap. MENTOR develops quality resources to advance mentoring program effectiveness and innovation, while sharing knowledge among mentoring programs, and works to drive increased investment to sustain and grow mentoring programs nationwide. 

SciGirls Role Model Strategies
SciGirls provides a national PBS Kids series with the mission of changing how millions of girls ages 8-13 think about STEM, a safe, social networking site for kids on PBS and research-based activities, professional development and support for educators nationwide. SciGirls Role Model Strategies: Encouraging Girls to Consider STEM Careersoffers basic training for role models, introducing them to best practices for their volunteer efforts.

Techbridge offers a downloadable resource for effective outreach by role models and corporations. Techbridge also offers a new
online training for role models. 

United We Serve - Mentoring
United We Serve, President Obama’s nationwide service initiative, is built on the belief that ordinary people can come together and achieve extraordinary things when given the proper tools. This initiative aims to both expand the impact of existing organizations by engaging new volunteers in their work and encourage volunteers to develop their own "do-it-yourself" projects. Visit their website to learn about different service initiatives and toolkits.

Women in Bio
Women in Bio is an organization of professionals committed to promoting careers, leadership, and entrepreneurship of women in the life

Women@Energy showcases talented and dedicated employees at the Department of Energy who are helping change the world. View profiles of women across the country, sharing what inspired them to work in STEM, as well as ideas for engaging underrepresented groups in STEM.

The Women@NASA contains a collection of videos and essays showcasing women who work across a variety of departments at NASA. The site contains resources and stories to inspire girls in STEM, information for K-12 educators, and serves as a hub for women and outreach at NASA.