December 11, 2018
Dear DIY Girls Supporter,
For many people, the upcoming holiday season is a period for reflection. Our own DIY Girls family recently met to discuss the challenges we overcame and successes we have achieved as an organization.
In 2018, DIY Girls gave 842 aspiring female engineers and computer scientists access to programs and activities that not only promote skill development, but also inspire girls to pursue degrees and/or careers in STEM-related fields. Our organization expanded its reach to three new school sites, and as a result of a generous contribution from the Eva Longoria Foundation, we launched a 3-year pilot at Girls Athletic Leadership School. DIY Girls is extremely excited about each of these new endeavors. We believe that establishing deeper and sustained connections with the girls we serve will play a significant role in increasing the number of women that enter the STEM workforce.
Word-of-mouth has spread about our organization’s work to civic leaders, corporations, and foundations, which has allowed us to grow our network of partners and increase our visibility in the community. DIY Girls joined the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s WiSTEM L.A initiative. Its primary focus is to develop and empower female STEM leaders within Los Angeles through mentorship, networking, and community. We’ve established partnerships with Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft and Verizon. Their support contributed to our most successful Annual Cocktail Benefit to date, resulting in more than $70,000 raised towards our STEM-based programs.
DIY Girls took pivotal first steps towards positioning our organization for sustained long-term growth, beginning with the creation of an alumni-led leadership and support network. Our alumni are also continuing to give back to the community. Alumni like Patricia, who is now a sophomore studying Computer Engineering at California State University, Northridge and serves as a role model and instructor for our elementary school girls. In addition, we’re currently working with the Taproot Foundation to develop a new strategic plan that will serve as a roadmap for every facet of our organization, including strengthening our operating infrastructure, hiring staff to address areas of need, and increasing revenue to cover program costs.