The National Girls Collaborative Project™ (NGCP) is designed to reach girl-serving STEM organizations across the United States. An intense recruitment and selection process began in fall 2005 to identify sponsoring organizations to lead local Collaboratives. In April 2011, the National Girls Collaborative Project received additional funding from the National Science Foundation to reach additional states identified as high need priority areas.
The organizations selected to host local Collaboratives are impressive in their knowledge, experience, and diversity. As a group, the local Collaboratives have an extensive network of organizations and individuals engaged in pursuing this common goal and the opportunity to share with and learn from each other. They vary in focus areas and populations served, and include higher education institutions, community-based organizations, and private non-profits, but all work to increase gender equity in STEM fields. The National Girls Collaborative Project currently has 28 Collaboratives serving 38 states, and plans to expand to at least an additional three states in upcoming years. To find a Collaborative in your area, click your state on the NGCP Map.
The vision of the NGCP is to bring together organizations throughout the United States that are committed to informing and encouraging girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
The goals of NGCP are to:
- Maximize access to shared resources within projects, and with public and private sector organizations and institutions interested in expanding girls’ participation in STEM.
- Strengthen capacity of existing and evolving projects by sharing exemplary practice research and program models, outcomes, and products.
- Use the leverage of a network or collaboration of individual girl-serving STEM programs to create the tipping point for gender equity in STEM.
The project focus for 2011-2016 is:
- Strengthen the capacity of girl-serving STEM programs to effectively reach and serve underrepresented girls in STEM.
- Increase the effectiveness of Collaboratives by providing professional development focused on sustainability, organizational effectiveness, and shared leadership.
- Maximize K-12 school counselors' access to and use of relevant, high-quality resources that increase awareness of barriers to girls' interest and engagement in STEM.
Exemplary practices in these areas will be delivered using a variety of methods, including webinars, the project website, and included in the professional development forums and mini-grants throughout each Collaborative.
"NGCP has helped me meet people, learn about possible industry and education partners, join an advisory board, and has helped in recruiting students. NGCP plays a key role in much of what we do. Our program relies on colleagues we have met through the NGCP. We are proud to be a part of a group that is making such an impact on the future of our girls." Annual Survey Respondent