In a world where gender disparities persist, mentorship is a powerful tool in guiding girls toward success. By connecting girls with positive role models and mentors, we can empower them to overcome obstacles, build confidence, and pursue their dreams in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Mentorship has been a game changer in our work to level the playing field for girls. In this post, we’ll share how we believe mentorship can shape the future of the next generation of women leaders.

The Gender Gap in STEM

Women represent 50% of the U.S. population, yet they make up less than one-fourth of the nation’s STEM workforce. This gender gap is evident from an early age, with girls as young as six starting to believe they aren’t smart or capable enough. Without positive women role models in STEM, they struggle to envision themselves in these careers. Mentorship plays a crucial role in breaking this cycle by providing girls with inspiring examples of successful women in STEM.

The Power of Sport

Play Like a Girl leverages the transferable skills middle school girls gain from sports to give them a competitive edge in the classroom and beyond. Sports build confidence, teach girls to collaborate and compete, and instill important life skills such as perseverance and resilience. By combining sports with mentorship, girls are empowered to pursue their passions and excel in male-dominated fields like STEM.

Empowering through STEM Education

STEM education is essential in empowering girls with real-world experience and exposure. However, nurturing young women towards a career in STEM requires more than just education. Mentorship is the missing piece of the puzzle that provides guidance, support, and belief in a girl’s abilities. By connecting girls with mentors who have succeeded in STEM, they can see firsthand that they too can achieve greatness in these fields.

Creating Belief through Mentorship

Mentorship creates belief in girls that they can be and do anything they dream. By having a role model who has walked a similar path, girls gain the confidence to pursue their ambitions and overcome any barriers they may face. Mentorship provides a safe space for girls to ask questions, seek advice, and receive guidance, ultimately paving the way for their success.

How You Can Make a Difference

Closing the gender gap in STEM is a team sport, and you can play a crucial role in leveling the playing field for girls. By joining the Play Like a Girl community, you can become a role model and inspire girls to pursue their dreams. Additionally, you can sign up to be a mentor to a girl in need, providing guidance and support on her journey towards success.

The power of mentorship in guiding girls towards success cannot be understated. Mentorship empowers girls (and women!) to overcome obstacles, build confidence, and pursue their dreams in STEM and anything else. By connecting girls with positive women role models and mentors, we’re changing the future for the next generation.

Join the Play Like a Girl movement and help empower girls to become the leaders of tomorrow. To learn more about the transformative power of mentorship and join the Play Like a Girl community, partner with Play Like a Girl.

Together, let’s guide girls toward success and create a more equitable future for all.