COLUMBUS, Ohio (September 8, 2015)--Ohio Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor today joined with students and Ohio business leaders to kick off the state's Million Women Mentors campaign.
Ohio is pledging 25,000 mentors to the Million Women Mentors. The effort seeks to collectively garner one million mentors in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) professions during the next four years to increase the interest and confidence of girls and young women in these areas.
“I’m honored to be here today to help kick off this campaign and further work toward this aggressive and important goal in Ohio,” said Taylor. “Investing in young women through a mentorship program like this is vital to training and preparing our future leaders both here in Ohio and throughout the country. Governor Kasich and I have worked since day one to ensure our children have access to a world class education and more opportunities for a brighter future.”
The kickoff event was held at Metro Early College, a public STEM school co-founded by Battelle and The Ohio State University that opened in 2006 and has since performed with a 99% graduation rate. During the event, Ohio organizations had the opportunity to network and begin to plan events for the fall to recruit both STEM mentors and additional Ohio girls into the program. Participating groups include Hudson Fasteners, Inc., COSI, and Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland.
Prospective mentors, both men and women, can visit www.MillionWomenMentors.org to register individually or as an organization to offer mentors or mentees. Mentoring only takes 30 minutes a week and can make a tremendous difference a young person's confidence.
Organizations interested in hosting events in conjunction with the Million Women Mentors movement can contact Battelle’s Dr. Stephanie Johnson at email@example.com.
Efforts in Ohio are being led by Battelle, an international, independent research and development organization with a long history of support for STEM education.
Nationally, Tata Consultancy Services, PepsiCo, the Lieutenant Governor of Iowa and Apollo Education Group also are committing to mentor girls and young women in STEM fields. By taking the pledge at www.MillionWomenMentors.org, these states, organizations and corporations are committing to mentoring a young woman for a minimum of 20 hours through one of the five suggested mentor pathways.
About Million Women Mentors
Launched on January 8th, 2014, MWM is the collective action of over 54 national partners and 22 corporate sponsors (as of July 2014) designed to increase the number of girls and women within the high school to work age continuum that persist and succeed in STEM programs and careers. For more information on MWM, please visit www.MillionWomenMentors.org.
Media contact on MWM state initiatives:
Sheila Boyington: 423-309-3667, Sheila@thinkingmedia.com
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