Girls’ charity Stemettes has launched a mentoring programme called Student to Stemette.
Supported by Deutsche Bank, the programme aims to support young women of 15+ in building careers by giving them access to dedicated science, engineering, technology and maths (Stem) role models.
Mentors are referred to as Sherpas and Mentees are referred to as Sherpees.
During ‘matching’ events Sherpas have three minutes to meet with a number of Sherpees before they are ranked on how the Sherpas thinks they might be able to help or guide them. Sherpees do the same and connections are made based on top choices.
Once matched Sherpas receive a MeetGuide to aid them in their monthly meetings, with exercise and suggestions on how to spend the time with your Sherpee.
Sherpas are required to be in the role for four months.
So far Stemettes have held matching events in London and Birmingham.
OtotheB and Outbox Incubator
Stemette’s are also due to launch a new online platform for young women interested in Stem. Due to launch in January 2016 the OtotheB platform will give girls access to exclusive content such as product giveaways and weekly hangouts with leading women in STEM. It will also be used to measure impact on Student to Stemette.
In May Stemettes unveiled its Outbox Incubator programme to offer support and funding for girls aged between 11 and 22 who want wanting to launch their own science or technology-based business. In total, 45 girls spent six weeks learning and living together in the Outbox Incubator house. Mentors shared their experiences of running a business and developing products, and the girls learnt how to secure funding to take their product to market.
In partnership with Wise, whose patron is HRH The Princess Royal, the programme was funded by the Salesforce Foundation.