February 3, 2014
The Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change (SILC) hosted the Science Club for Girls (SCFG) Volunteer Training on Saturday, January 25.
SILC, a bridge between Simmons and community organizations, and SCFG, a Massachusetts-based organization that provides girl-specific programming with a concentration on science and engineering, trained nearly 50 volunteers and high school students on how to engage with girls in 8th through 12th grade with hands-on activities in the world of science.
“It was clear our students were connecting with each other and with the tasks at hand,” said SILC Director Diane Hammer. “Everyone was learning and having fun.”
Eight Simmons students took part in the training:
Samantha Flores ’14
Jayne Lavallee ’14
Zun Zar Niang ’14
Alissa Sullivan ’14
Kayla Willis ’14
Caitlin Terry ’15
Angeline Chen ’16
Tatyana Brisard ’17
“In our society, girls are not always encouraged to pursue science,” said Connie Chow, executive director of SCFG. “Programs that connect students and professionals in these fields with young girls have great potential to get girls excited about these topics and get them thinking about careers in the sciences.”
PHOTO: Simmons students who participated in a volunteer training for the Science Club for Girls. Left to right: Angeline Chen '16, Tatyana Brisard '17, Kayla Willis '14, and Zun Zar Niang '14.