Hello! My name is Alma Garcia ... Founder of Black Girls Go Global. I created this organization to expose Black girls to careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.).
Why is this program so important?
There is a gender/racial disparity in S.T.E.A.M. fields. Less than 2% of Black women share this space.
Society does not draw an accurate, comprehensive image of scientists that inspire Black girls. Images of a scientist are oftentimes a 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 real life. This image does not serve black girls ... and that needs to change!
In 2023, Black Girls Go Global offered ten (10) participants from Baltimore, MD, Sparta, GA and Tulsa, OK a S.T.E.A.M.-educational experience in Brasilito, Costa Rica that exposed them to sustainable permaculture and wildlife biology. The program was widely successful.
In 2024, Black Girls Go Global is returning to Brasilito, Costa Rica where we have partnered with the Monkey Park Foundation ... an organic farm and animal sanctuary owned, operated and staffed by women. Except in 2024, we are serving 20-30 participants.
That means our fundraising goal is higher. We are counting on individual donors, corporate sponsorships and grants to reach our goal of $80,000.
A donation of any amount will invest in the education of a Black girl who aspires to pursue a field in Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts or Mathematics. Through this program, Black girls will enrich their lives culturally and academically and become ready for a global workforce.
Thank you for considering Black Girls Go Global.