GOALS seeks to cultivate and embolden the next generation of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) leaders through a free, immersive, field-based summer science program for high school girls. The program uses an inclusive definition of ‘girls’ and welcomes all trans*, cis, genderqueer, and non-binary youth who may identify with girlhood.
We embolden and empower our students to participate in STEM careers and environmental stewardship by teaching a culturally sustaining, place-based curriculum. Girls experience and co-create hands-on lessons that integrate science, outdoors skills, and leadership skills all while tapping into students’ natural curiosity and problem-solving abilities.
Ultimately, GOALS seeks to reduce racial and gender gaps in STEM careers by:
- Minimizing barriers to participation in outdoor education
- Nurturing interest in knowledge production and scientific inquiry
- Supporting and guiding career path exploration
- Teaching tangible skills and frameworks for future scientific learning
- Providing access to tools and resources for college readiness
- Creating peer support networks
- Mentoring by women in the field
These impact areas were strategically selected to positively influence STEM interest, postsecondary STEM enrollment, and STEM retention.