YWCA and NEW Water teamed up on August 14 this week to educate girls on water quality issues - as well as offer a message into a hot career track underrepresented by girls: STEM.
Jobs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields are increasing across the nation, with the trend expected to continue, according to national labor statistics. Right here in Green Bay, the YWCA is preparing girls for this new workforce. The YWCA TechGYRLS® program was developed in response to the widening gender gap in exposure to and interest in STEM for girls. This year's summer camp is focusing on empower women in STEM through hands on projects, speakers, and fieldtrips. The program is supporting over 25 girls in grades 3rd-8th. This week-long camp provides the girls with a glimpse into some of the up and coming career options available to them in their futures.
"The YWCA's mission of empower women is embodied in this camp through its hands on approach," said Amie Thiel, YWCA TechGYRLS® Coordinator. "The camp reaches girls on a level that they can understand and provides a way to show them that math and science can be fun. It takes the learning outside of the classroom and promotes STEM careers to a group of young women that may not have considered this career path."
NEW Water, the brand of the Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District, will be on hand at this year's camp to offer girls a hands-on fun educational session on water quality, while informing them of what types of careers are available in the clean water industry.
NEW Water treats about 38 million gallons of water per day. Doing so requires a highly specialized workforce, such as engineers, chemists, biologists, mechanics, and computer techs.
"NEW Water has an aging workforce. Over the next decade, we will have many retirements, and will need to fill positions with people qualified in STEM categories," said Tom Sigmund, Executive Director of NEW Water. "We are delighted to partner with the YWCA's TechGYRLS® Summer Camp to not only get out the important message about water quality, but to also offer girls a glimpse into what kinds of careers are available right here in their backyard."
About the YWCA
The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empower women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. The YWCA Green Bay-De Pere first opened its doors to women in 1919 as a place for women to meet, have lunch, and socialize. Today, the YWCA has become more than a meeting place, offering fitness memberships, empowerment programs, and meaningful volunteer experiences to better our community. For more information please visit: www.ywcagreenbay.org
About NEW Water
The mission of NEW Water, the brand of the Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District, is to promote public health and welfare through the collection, treatment, and reclamation of wastewater. In conjunction with others, the organization will encourage pollution prevention and support programs to help ensure that water contaminated by human activity is returned clean to the environment. For more information please visit: www.newwater.us