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About


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About


DIY (“Do-It-Yourself”) Girls’ mission is to increase girls’ interest and success in technology, engineering and making through innovative educational experiences and mentor relationships. We're a supportive community for girls driven by an interest in creating and building with technology.

DIY Girls uses a three-pronged program approach that integrates engagement, capacity building, and continuity to ensure girls’ success. We offer after-school and summer programs that provide hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) experiences for girls. Girls learn technical skills and apply them by creating their own creative projects and inventions.

DIY Girls has reached over 1200 girls in Los Angeles since 2012.

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Values


Values


Our values guide our decisions and interactions with girls, families, and partners. 

  • Creative Freedom - We use our head, hands and hearts to create. 

  • Opportunity - We move towards opportunity. We're always seeking next steps. 

  • Relationships - We do it ourselves but not alone. Partnerships are essential to our work.

  • Empowerment - We believe in her so that she can. All girls can innovate.

  • Skill-Building - It takes time to develop skills and nothing happens in a day. 

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Why it matters


Why it matters


THE PROBLEM STARTS EARLY

Less than 15% of girls show an interest in STEAM at the critical ages between 4th-8th grade.

 

… AND ONLY GETS WORSE

Women currently represent less than 25% of the STEAM workforce. Latinas represent only 2% of employed scientists and engineers.

 

We do what we do in order to change the way girls perceive tech careers. We believe that creating with tech builds the confidence needed to make anything possible. We want DIY girls to apply the technical skills they learn to projects they love.

Who we serve


Who we serve


 

We serve girls in under-resourced communities

We offer programs for girls in 5th-12th grade, predominantly in the Northeast San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles. 

Demographics of girls served

  • 97% Latina

  • 2% African American

  • 1% Asian- Pacific Islander

 

 

          Los Angeles, CA

          Los Angeles, CA

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Our Impact


Our Impact


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