Girl E-Mentoring in
Technology Program (GEM-SET III)
|GEM-SET III Mentor Guidelines|
|GEM-SET III Student Guidelines|
|GEM-SET III mentor 2 registration|
|GEM-SET III student 2 registration|
For the past two years, the Women’s Bureau at the U.S. Department of Labor has been leading an exciting demonstration project that links girls, ages 13-18, with volunteer women mentors in the fields of science, engineering and technology via a website, e-mail and special events. More than 900 girls and 200 mentors nationwide participated in the GEM-SET program in 2002 and 2003 www.GEM-SET.org.
WHAT IS GEM-SET?
Girls to ask educational and career development questions about science, engineering and technology (SET) fields, and receive answers from vast numbers of women who are SET professionals and who volunteer as GEM-SET mentors.
Two key components of GEM-SET are the Daily Digest and the website.
Fueled largely by immigration, Asians and Hispanics are the two largest and fastest growing populations in the United States according to the 2000 Census. The U.S. Department of Commerce report, "a Nation Online: How Americans are Expanding their Use of the Internet", documents that only 32% of Hispanics can access the Internet- roughly one-half the access rate of whites (60%). The same report also indicated that 86% of Hispanic households where Spanish is the only language spoken do not use the Internet.
Through the GEM-SET I and II programs, the Women's Bureau has gained an understanding that girls of immigrant backgrounds often have unique needs and concerns that are markedly different from the general student population.
Children of immigrants, irrespective of their citizenship or immigration status, need assistance to overcome significant educational obstacles including language difficulties, unfamiliarity with American culture and our education systems, and absence of role models for scientific and related careers.
Parents and community members may not be familiar with the opportunities for such careers, and therefore may be ill-equipped to guide young women into non-traditional, but rewarding, careers in science, engineering and technology.