According to the 2018 Science and Engineering Indicators Report, 28% of women are pursuing degrees in the Science and Engineering fields and represent 15% of the labor force.  The growth trend has increased incrementally over the years due to STEAM programs that have focused on increasing this population by introducing STEAM topics at earlier ages, providing youth mentoring, engaging professionals to introduce career paths, and encouraging them to pursue their dreams.  The YWCA TechGYRLS program embodies these values by offering a myriad of programs to help spark, sustain, and deepen girls’ interest in STEAM subjects and STEAM-related careers.

TechGYRLS is a youth empowerment program designed to raise girls’ interest & confidence in the critical areas of science, technology, engineering, arts & mathematics (STEAM). The TechGYRLS Program will help young girls develop 21st Century skills like creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking/ problem-solving skill that they can use in any profession they pursue. The program offers students a safe, supportive, girls-only environment for exploration and learning using hands-on inquiry-based curriculum comprised of various fun science content like making butter in a jar, glitter slime, wearable technology, digital fabrication, design, gaming & animation, coding, programming, and robotics just to name a few while becoming the next STEMnistas.

Who’s Eligible:

Girls, ages 9 to 14


School Year Programming

Julian Grace Innovation and Technology Institute (3517 W Arthington, Chicago, IL 60624)
Anticipated Start Date: September 23- June 12, 2020
Days: Tuesday/Thursday
3:30 pm-6:00 pm
Cost: FREE
Please click here to sign up.

Laura Parks and Mildred Francis Center (6600 S. Cottage Grove Chicago, IL 60637)
Anticipated Start Date: September 23- June 12, 2020
Days: Saturdays
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Cost: $40 (Limited # of scholarships available*)
Please click here to sign up.

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago has a limited number of scholarships for youth who otherwise would not be able to attend our programs due to a lack of financial resources. Scholarships are awarded based on need and on a first come, first serve basis. You must request an application from Latasha Battie at


Interested participants, please call 773-955-3100 ext. 2656 or email

National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, Scientists and Engineers Statistical Data System (SESTAT) (1995),, and the National Survey of College Graduates (NSCG) (2015),
Science and Engineering Indicators 2018


TechGYRLS Sponsors June 2019