The Girls of Promise® is an initiative of the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas, which aims to help women & girls reach their full economic potential. Girls of Promise® exposes girls to opportunities and mentors in STEAM fields.

About Girls of Promise®

Since 1999, more than 5,000 eighth grade girls have been introduced to women with careers in STEM fields, participated in hands-on learning activities, and met other girls passionate about learning through Girls of Promise® conferences and other programs. The initiative, which originally started as a two-day conference for eighth grade girls, now also includes the Tech for Good competition sponsored by AT&T, the Tjuana Byrd Summer Internship, and other programs through grantee partners.

All the programs through the initiative are completely free for participants.

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“I loved how specific the breakout speakers were about their education and the actual pathway to their careers; personal stories are so powerful. The keynote speaker was amazing! How wonderful this organization is to encourage young girls to pursue careers in STEM.”

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Free Girls of Promise® Conference

The Girls of Promise® Conference is open to 8th-grade girls who are interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math in Arkansas!

Free Innovate for Good Competition

Our Innovate for Good competition challenges 6th – 12th-grade girls to team up and work together to develop an app, website, computer program, 3D printer template, or anything innovative (that incorporates technology) that they’re inspired to create!

Impact of Girls of Promise®

The Women’s Foundation completed an ambitious research project in June 2010 which culminated in a 36-page Impact Assessment of Girls of Promise® from 2000 to 2009. A cadre of volunteers helped conduct the research, inputting data from the first 10 years of Girls of Promise® conferences and contacting alumnae to determine the impact of the program on their lives.

Clinton School of Public Service graduate Joanna Klak analyzed the data and penned the report. Data showed that the program works – that Girls of Promise® does indeed encourage the state’s young women to remain in high school and further their studies of STEM fields through post-secondary education. Evaluation tools continue to be an integral part of each conference and continued impact samplings are in progress.

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