SkillsUSA has a strategic partnership with Million Women Mentors, an initiative to identify mentors of young women who are interested in or are actively pursuing education and careers in STEM-related fields. Any SkillsUSA teacher/advisor, male or female, delivering a STEM-related curriculum who has a female student(s) in his or her class can be recognized as a mentor. Enlisting and retaining more women in STEM occupations benefits both the U.S. economy and the young women themselves. You can find some compelling statistics about women in the STEM workforce at: www.millionwomenmentors.org/#awareness.
Individuals or schools can sign a “Pledge to Mentor” at MWM’s home page: www.millionwomenmentors.org/#home. Click on the button by that name, then click on “Individual” or “Educational Institution” under the “Type” pull-down menu. In the space for “Company/Organization,” type in your school’s name and append “—SkillsUSA” after your school’s name. There are no obligations involved in signing up beyond your continuing efforts to encourage and mentor young women in their STEM interests and education. Million Women Mentors is an awareness and engagement campaign of STEMconnector that seeks to enlist one million mentors of young women interested in STEM-related careers.