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GIRLS 4 SCIENCE

Leading by Example

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

EIN: 27-0147595


Mission

The mission of Girls 4 Science is to enrich the lives of girls through early exposure to the study of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and women of color practicing in STEM fields. G4S fulfills its mission through its free Saturday STEM Academy, which provides hands-on problem-based learning and exposure to careers in STEM. Girls 4 Science endeavors to create a sustainable pipeline of 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

Subject area info

Youth services

Youth organizing

Population served info

Children and youth

Women and girls

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms

Communication

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Girls 4 Science was founded in 2009 as a direct response to the lack of accessible and affordable quality science programs for young girls of color in the Chicago area. Girls 4 Science provides free, high-quality science, technology, engineering and math enrichment programs to girls of color (ages 10-18), equipping them with the knowledge, confidence, and motivation to persist in advanced scientific study and/or technical careers. Early exposure to STEM fields, specifically in an all-girls environment with hands-on learning, can combat the negative stereotypes and attitudes that contribute to the under-representation of women in many STEM fields. This is especially true for girls of color. Age-appropriate experiential learning, small group science exploration, field trips allowing participants to experience STEM “live and in action”, mentorship and exposure to women of color in STEM fields are tactics that have proven to be successful in retaining girls’ interest in STEM subjects.

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) develops 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. G4S designed an innovative program model to address the lack of accessible, quality science programs for female youth with its Saturday STEM Academy, which provides 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. The free, 6-week SSA is offered 4 times/year – Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall – at 3 locations: Malcolm X and Olive-Harvey City College, and University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL. Participants represent more than 90 zip codes in the Chicago region; more than 70% identify as Black/African American.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of free participants on field trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Saturday STEM Academy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

2020 and 2021 were COVID pandemic years and the program was held online rather than in person. Only 3 sessions held in 2020.

Number of students per classroom during the reporting period

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Saturday STEM Academy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

2022: 4 sessions per year at 3 sites. 2021: 4 sessions per year at 3 sites; 1st session online. 2020: 3 sessions at 3 sites; 1st session in person, 2nd session cancelled, 3rd and 4th sessions online

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Saturday STEM Academy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of training events conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Saturday STEM Academy

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Staff/faculty training for each session of the Saturday STEM Academy.

Number of students educated through field trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Saturday STEM Academy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Field trips to sites that enhance the laboratory experience, expose participants to a range of STEM industries and career options and allow participants to experience STEM “live and in action”.

Total dollars received in contributions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Saturday STEM Academy

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Saturday STEM Academy

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Saturday STEM Academy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Rapid expansion and advancements in STEM over the last several decades have led to a heightened demand for STEM professionals, who tend to earn higher salaries (STEM, $77,400; non-STEM, $46,900). Despite the strong interest and higher pay in STEM careers, vast disparities in attainment by race, ethnicity, and gender persist in STEM education and employment, thereby limiting access and opportunities for social and economic mobility for some - particularly women and people of color. Students from marginalized groups, especially women, still have less access to AP STEM courses in high school and lower STEM degree attainment rates than their White male colleagues. Without pathways to higher-paying jobs, including STEM careers, Black women and Latinas will continue to earn disproportionately low salaries. Girls 4 Science strives to create a pipeline of women of color in STEM careers by doing the following:
-- Address the lack of accessible, affordable quality science programs for female youth in the Chicago region.
-- Provide opportunity for science exploration through project-based instruction with emphasis on creativity, problem-solving, hands-on, small group experiential learning and teamwork, which fosters a growth mindset, self-confidence and collegiality.
-- Foster the development of concrete skills, self-esteem and relationships with “women who look like them” to help girls overcome barriers that may prevent them from achieving greater success in studying STEM fields and entering STEM careers.
-- Provide opportunities to link the concepts learned in the STEM curriculum to real-world applications and expose participants to a range of STEM industries, career options and working STEM professionals, especially women of color.
-- Introduce participants to female role models-- especially women of color -- who are professionals in STEM fields, to help girls see potential futures and develop resilient STEM identities.

Girls 4 Science invests in young girls by providing access to out-of-school-time quality education, expanding opportunities for economic empowerment through careers in STEM. Strategies include:
-- Keep Girls 4 Science program single-sex and free for all participants.
-- Offer a High School Lab Assistant program to provide additional leadership and professional development opportunities.
-- Provide scholarships to select 12th graders who have completed at least 12 weeks of the Girls 4 Science program and seek to apply for undergraduate study in STEM.
-- Promote Girls 4 Science Alumnae Community to support former participants’ STEM journeys into college and careers.

The first Girls 4 Science Saturday STEM Academy was held in the summer and fall of 2009 at Olive Harvey, one of the City Colleges of Chicago located in the far south Roseland neighborhood. In 2012 the program expanded to four sessions yearly and added Malcolm X City College as a site. The St. Francis University in Joliet, Illinois was added as a site in the summer of 2013. I just a few years, Girls 4 Science went from two sessions at one site to four sessions per year at three sites. For more than a decade Girls 4 Science has provided its free, year-round, non-selective, out-of-school-time STEM program for girls in the greater Chicago region. Girls 4 Science is able to keep its program free through grants and philanthropy. We have a part-time program staff of 10 (all of whom are women STEM professionals and 9 are Black women), a dedicated group of volunteers, and an engaged Board of Directors and Advisory Board.

Serve more than 400 participants each year.
Awarded more than $40,000 in scholarships.
Established an Alumnae group.
Created High School Lab Assistant program.
Increased participant confidence and self-perceived competence in STEM subjects
Increased participant interest in studying STEM fields and/or pursuing STEM majors in college.
Increased participant understanding of the diverse possibilities and career paths available to girls/women in STEM.
Exposure to women of color majoring in STEM fields and working in STEM careers.

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.
  • 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, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, 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 look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

GIRLS 4 SCIENCE
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

0.00

Average of 0.00 over 5 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

12.3

Average of 5 over 5 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

31%

Average of 12% over 5 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of GIRLS 4 SCIENCE’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $120,974 -$17,727
As % of expenses 67.8% -9.2%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $120,974 -$17,727
As % of expenses 67.8% -9.2%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $299,497 $203,895
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% -31.9%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 100.0% 100.0%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $178,523 $192,872
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 8.0%
Personnel 66.6% 62.6%
Professional fees 0.0% 4.8%
Occupancy 1.1% 3.3%
Interest 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 5.6% 2.6%
All other expenses 26.7% 26.8%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $178,523 $192,872
One month of savings $14,877 $16,073
Debt principal payment $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $193,400 $208,945

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2021 2022
Months of cash 12.5 12.3
Months of cash and investments 12.5 12.3
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 12.6 10.6
Balance sheet composition info 2021 2022
Cash $186,539 $198,357
Investments $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.0% 0.0%
Unrestricted net assets $187,334 $169,607
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $28,750
Total net assets $187,334 $198,357

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2021 2022
Material data errors No No

Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Ms. Jackie Lomax

Jackie Lomax graduated from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications. In 2005 she completed accreditation for Early Childhood Education. Jackie Lomax founded Girls 4 Science in 2009 to address the lack of accessible, quality science programs for female youth ages 10-18 years from underserved communities in the Chicagoland area, and create a sustainable pipeline for women of color in STEM careers.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Board of directors
as of 08/22/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Alan Brazil

Illinois Department of Human Rights

Term: 2023 - 2025

Luz Colunga

Ingredion

Monica Gordon

Cook County Board of Commissioners

Keith Moore

Self-employed

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Susan Rogers, MD

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Riva Trevedi

MBA Candidate, Harvard Business School

Anthony Williams, PhD

University of Chicago

Jacqueline Wiliams

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Danielle Zuhlke-Smith

Ingredion

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 6/13/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/22/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.