Hello! My name is Alma Garcia. I am the program leader for Black Girls Go Global ... a special initiative by Bright Light Volunteers to help black girls pursue career interests in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) fields.
Why is this program so important? Society does not draw an accurate nor comprehensive image of scientists that inspire black girls. Images of a scientist are of an intellectual, nerdy man wearing a lab coat with bifocals as he conducts experiments in the lab. Pictures of Aristotle, Albert Einstein, Sir Isaac Newton, Benjamin Franklin, and Bill Nye the Science Guy solidify the accepted image of scientists. These portraits demonstrate that scientists are often depicted as white and male, whether in fiction or in real life. This dominated image does not resemble black female students. It engenders a false assumption that black girls should not aspire to become scientists because either S.T.E.A.M. careers are only designated for white men ... or the attainment of a S.T.E.A.M. career would go against the accepted traditional gender role. With the Black Girls Go Global program, black girls can begin to envision themselves in jobs that white males have predominantly occupied. Meet Taylor Thornton. She aspired to be a scientist, but her early consciousness told her she couldn’t because “most scientists didn’t look like me.” Read Taylor’s story Black Girl Scientist. Every black girl who aspires to pursue a field in science, technology, engineering, arts, or mathematics should be able to do so. Bright Light Volunteers is answering that call through its Black Girls Go Global program.
All funds will provide airfare, lodging, meals, transportation, and other necessities for ten (10) girls from U.S. high schools (Grades 10-12). They will spend seven (7) days studying bioscience and animal behavior at the Monkey Park Foundation ... an organic farm and wildlife sanctuary outside Brasilito in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica.
A donation of any amount ensures that every black girl who aspires to pursue a field in science, technology, engineering, arts or mathematics should be able to do so. Through our S.T.E.A.M.-based studies program, black girls will be able to enrich their lives culturally and academically and become ready for a global workforce.