Part of the Empowered Fem mission is to help young ladies grow into strong confident women by introducing them to STEM-related fields. The instruction in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math will help young ladies to begin to think about careers that they might not have thought of before or may not be aware exist.
The educational events are geared to young ladies so they become aware of job fields that many young girls and teens still don’t realize are available to them. There are many opportunities for women in STEM-related fields so we focus our education on careers that currently have a shortage of woman.
Through a partnership with the nonprofit organization Communities in School we reach the students in various schools throughout Corpus Christi. Empowered Fem works directly with the youth in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade.
Currently we are stationed at Martin Middle School, located at 3502 Greenwood Dr., Corpus Christi, Texas, 78416. At this school, we hold The Empowered Teen with emphasis on STEM education is held. We use the library to conduct the STEM sessions due to its location and projector equipment. The group consists of 30 girls each grades 6th, 7th, and 8th.
Our Empowered Fem team meets with the girls regularly during their lunch hour and every Friday for one hour to hold the education sessions during which we introduce and discuss the STEM-related careers with the girls. The girls are also part of a speaker series where leading ladies in the city speak about their careers and journeys. The girls put a face to a career in STEM as they hear women from all lifestyles, cultures, and backgrounds discuss why they chose their careers, what they do, and how much they enjoy working in STEM fields. They ask questions and learn directly from someone already in those jobs. Trough experiments and STEM talks, they also receive hands-on exposure to the different requirements of each STEM fields.