The 2014 season Technovation season kicked off in Los Angeles, CA with high hopes of bringing together girl-focused organizations to create more opportunities for girls and women in technology and entrepreneurship. When thinking about which organizations to partner with to reach more young women, the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles (GSGLA) was a natural fit because of their dedication to personal growth and leadership development opportunities for young women ages 14-23.
It was the hard work and dedication of troop leaders, like Gloria Halfacre, that a pilot Girls Make App Workshop was kicked off with the Marina Del Rey Service Unit. Over 80 girls attended the workshop and a parent-led team, GS 7255, was born. The team is led by a Girl Scout parent, Helen Hand, who is serving in the “coach” role for the four young women, Gemma, Devon, Francesca, and Marisa, who joined the ranks of 2,000 young women who are currently registered for Technovation 2014. What motivated these girls to get involved with Technovation? As Gemma puts it, “I want to do the Technovation program so I can learn more about the world of technology and become a more well-rounded person.” Technovation and GSGLA banded together to train 13 Mission Delivery Specialists to deliver more workshops to their local areas. The most recent event was held in Palmdale at the Antelope Valley where young women worked on paper prototyping and MIT App Inventor tutorials.
An integral part of providing a quality experience for young women of Technovation and GSGLA are the female mentors that give graciously of their time to look back and help girls who are in a position they were once in. Technovation’s go to source of dedicated volunteers is Girls in Tech LA, a Los Angeles chapter of Girls
in Tech, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and global social network enterprise focused on the engagement, education, and empowerment of women in technology and on mentoring girls of all ages to encourage interest in STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math). Murriel Perez, Director of Community Events and Partnerships, has stepped up in a big way for Technovation and the GS 7255 team. She brought together 12 mentors that each give one week of their time to rotate through the Technovation curriculum, each taking ownership of one lesson for the team. Thanks to volunteers like Dasha Ki, Brigette Kidd, and Sean McCabe, among many others, for sharing their various expertise and experiences to provide a wide range of career insights and support skills to the young women of GS7255 as they build their mobile app and business plan.
Technovation’s collaboration with Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles and Girls in Tech LA has shown the power of uniting resources and mind-sharing to reach our common goals, empowering women and providing new opportunities for girls. The deadline to register for Technovation 2014 is quickly approaching on March 1st and with collaborations such as this one more young women will have the opportunity to get involved and complete the program. To register your team today click here!