Empowering Girls

Leading change that impacts the community.

A mom and daughter engage in a STEM activity.

At Simmons, we believe in starting and supporting STEM education early. The Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change (SILC) builds relationships with community organizations — like Science Club for Girls and Moms as Mentors — that focus on STEM education and leadership for girls.

Working with community partners, SILC helps to provide hands-on scientific activities like designing and building a ping-pong ball launcher and discussing groundbreaking women in science. Girls learn from leaders in STEM and create mentorships that inspire passion and confidence. 

SILC empowers girls by giving them the preparation they need to succeed in STEM — and become the next generation of scientists, mathematicians and engineers. 

Caitlyn Normand

Moms as Mentors

Caitlyn Normand '15 filled us in on volunteering with Moms as Mentors — and on what it's like working as a Bioanalytical Chemist!

Science Club for Girls

Science Club for Girls (SCFG) fosters excitement, confidence and literacy in STEM for girls from underrepresented communities by providing free, experiential programs and by maximizing meaningful interactions with women mentors in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Moms as Mentors

Moms as Mentors programs incorporate fun, interactive activities in content areas where women remain underrepresented in key leadership positions, like STEM and business. Moms as Mentors believes that mothers — regardless of their own strengths and career paths — can integrate learned skills into their daily lives to improve girls' confidence and their academic, career and life outcomes.


SciGirls provides training to elementary and middle school STEM educators on how to engage young students in hands-on learning using the SciGirls curriculum.  

Statistics from Million Women Mentors.

Photo by Diane Hammer at a Moms as Mentors event.