1000 GIRLS, 1000 FUTURES

Welcome to an innovative new program designed to take on one of the world’s biggest challenges right now: getting more women into STEM. The 1000 Girls, 1000 Futures program wants to grow the STEM pipeline and get more young women into some of the most important STEM-related careers of our world. The most exciting part? You can be a part of this global movement. Apply today to be a mentor for the 2016-2017 year and visit us again for more information on how to become a mentee. 


The Global STEM Alliance is an international initiative of the New York Academy of Sciences with over 100 partners in more than 50 countries and regions, including government agencies, corporations, educational institutions, and nongovernmental organizations. The mission of the GSA is to increase the number and diversity of students in the STEM pipeline, with a goal of reaching a total of 1 million students in 100 countries by 2020. By providing hands-on research projects, mentoring opportunities with leading STEM experts, and a comprehensive, tech-based learning platform, the GSA arms students with the skills they need for successful careers. The programs of the GSA are geared towards under-served groups, with the special goal of reducing the skills gap between schools and the workforce. Please visit us online at



The New York Academy of Sciences is an independent, not-for-profit organization that since 1817 has been committed to advancing science, technology, and society worldwide. With more than 20,000 members in 100 countries around the world, the Academy is creating a global community of science for the benefit of humanity. The Academy's core mission is to advance scientific knowledge, positively impact the major global challenges of society with science-based solutions, and increase the number of scientifically informed individuals in society at large. Please visit us online at




You know you’re interested in following some kind of STEM (science, tech, engineering, math) career. But now you don’t know what your next steps are…and that’s okay! This is why having a STEM mentor can be a great thing to do! A mentor can help guide you in figuring out what comes next to pursue your dream career - anything from finding the right college program for you to scoping out possible internships. Give yourself an edge in the world of STEM and let us help you find a great mentor!


Why do I want to be a 1000 Girls, 1000 Futures mentee?

As a mentee, you will have access to not only your own, hand-picked STEM mentor, who is a successful woman currently working in a STEM field, but an entire network of mentors and mentees just like you all over the world, all working toward different STEM disciplines. You could make friends and create new networks halfway around the world!

Is there anything else offered besides having a mentor?

We will offer programming to help support what you will be learning with your mentor. You will develop skills in leadership, communication, and critical thinking while also learning the different steps it takes to apply to college. Best of all, nothing is graded or due on specific days - you will be able to make your own schedule and choose the activities you want to complete.  And for an extra bonus, by participating in the program you will also become a Junior Member of The New York Academy of Sciences, including free access to selected Academy content and a digital Membership Certificate that you can post to your social media profile!

What if I don’t know exactly what I want to do in STEM?

That’s fine! You don’t have to know your exact career path right now to be eligible. In fact, you can use the network, your mentor, and our programming to help you figure out what your next steps might be.

How long is the program?

The program cycle is for one full calendar year, starting in September of 2015 and ending in September of 2016. You have to touch base with your mentor at least twice a month and be sure to complete the programming materials by the deadline.

What do I do now?

If you have already been chosen as a mentee nominee, be sure to accept your nomination and complete any paperwork. Program administrators will send you more information throughout the summer and into September, so be sure to check your emails!

If you are not a nominee this year but are interested in this program, don’t worry! The program will be looking for mentees again in the spring of 2016! Sign up for our newsletter below and keep up to date with the program! 



Interesting in participating next year? Join our mailing list to be notified when the student application is available. The 2016-2017 cohort will be selected in late summer/early fall of 2016.

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Mentoring provides me with a space in which I can take a step back and evaluate the academic, professional, and personal choices that have brought me to where I currently am." –Mentor

Mentoring gives me the opportunity to give back and move my fellow women forward. It is rewarding to see others find success, and I'm proud to play a supporting role in it. –Mentor

She's the best mentor I could've asked for and she's helping me so much in figuring out what to do with my life and how to make the most of my undergraduate experience. So thank you SO much for giving me the opportunity to meet such a dynamic, wonderful person! –Mentee

I think mentoring is a great experience due to the sharing of knowledge and experiences between two people. Whether you are the mentor or the mentee, you are guaranteed to learn something new both professionally and personally." -Mentor




The 1000 Girls, 1000 Futures program is part of the Global STEM Alliance. The GSA is an international initiative of more than 90 partners and 50 countries—a collaboration of governments, corporations, educational institutions, and nongovernmental organizations—working together to assure the next the generation of STEM innovators.

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