of Greater Santa Barbara

Girls Need to See Women Who Look Like Them in Careers and Leadership Roles

There continues to be a significant gender gap in the STEM fields and with regard to leadership in a broad range of fields, from business to politics to entertainment.

Girls Inc. is launching a new Teen Mentorship Program for the 2021-2022 school year and we are seeking volunteer women leaders with diverse backgrounds, lived experiences, and career fields to donate their time and talents. 

Volunteers are matched 1:1 with a teen in grades 10-12 with similar interests and lived experiences. By sharing their story and path, mentors can help create a spark and motivate mentees to identify their own passions and future career interests. The program offers hands-on / minds-on practical work experience to help teens build confidence and independence to pursue their goals while helping to dismantle gender and racial inequities in the workplace.

Mentoring, at its core, guarantees a young person that he or she matters, is understood, and lets them know that they are not alone in dealing with their daily challenges, nor are they alone to figure out their future paths.

How it works:

Mentors meet with their mentees virtually twice per month during the 2021-2022 school year.

 


Mentees participate in a 15-hour micro-internship at the mentor’s place of work during the summer of 2022.

 

 

Contact us if you would like to learn more about the program and apply to be a mentor.

 

There continues to be a significant gender gap in the STEM fields and with regard to leadership in a broad range of fields, from business to politics to entertainment. Women comprise just 28 percent of all CEOs, 23 percent of all law partners, 20 percent of members of Congress, and 18 percent of governors.

Girls Inc. National Organization