GIRLS 4 SCIENCE

Leading by Example

aka Girls 4 Science   |   Chicago, IL   |  girls4science.org

Mission

The mission of Girls 4 Science is to enrich the lives of girls through exposure to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by providing hands-on experiential learning and professional mentorship in STEM fields, and highlighting women of color in STEM careers.

Ruling year info

2009

Executive Director

Ms. Jackie Lomax

Main address

P.O. Box 288958

Chicago, IL 60628 USA

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EIN

27-0147595

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Saturday STEM Academy

Girls 4 Science (G4S) is dedicated to exposing girls age 10-18 years primarily from under-resourced areas of Chicago and its surrounding suburbs to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). G4S focuses on developing skills, self-esteem, awareness and relationships to help girls overcome barriers that may prevent them from achieving greater success in studying STEM fields and entering STEM careers, and endeavors to create a sustainable pipeline for women of color in STEM careers. G4S designed an innovative program model to address the lack of accessible, quality science programs for female youth with its Saturday STEM Academy.

The Saturday STEM Academy provides age-appropriate experiential learning through small group science exploration, themed field trips allowing participants to experience STEM “live and in action”, and mentorship – tactics that have proven to be successful in retaining girls’ interest in STEM subjects. Girls 4 Science (G4S) offers its six-week Saturday STEM Academy four times per year – Winter (January-February), Spring (April-May), Summer (July-August) and Fall (October-November) – at three locations: Malcolm X City College on Chicago’s west side, Olive-Harvey City College in the far south Roseland neighborhood and the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL. Participants represent nearly 90 zip codes in the Chicago region. There are between 120 and 140 participants per session, 75% in elementary/middle school and 25% in high school; more than 70% identify as Black/African American.

The Saturday STEM Academy offers separate classes for high school (grades 9-12) and elementary/middle school (grades 4-8) students. Both programs have enhanced, age-appropriate curriculum, evaluation and hands-on experiential learning activities. The programs run concurrently at each location and are conducted in state-of-the-art laboratories led by STEM professionals and volunteers under the direction of the Program Coordinators.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Children and youth

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Girls age 10-18 years.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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GIRLS 4 SCIENCE

Board of directors
as of 6/13/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Alan Brazil

Illinois Department of Human Rights

Term: 2019 - 2021

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 06/13/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/13/2021

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.