According to the 2018 Science and Engineering Indicators Report, 8.2% of African-American women are pursuing degrees in the Science and Engineering fields and represent 5.7% 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 continue the increase of African American women attaining their education in the STEAM fields and entering the labor force.

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 the usage of technological tools, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills in any profession they pursue. The program offers students a safe, supportive, girls-only environment for exploration and learning using curriculum comprised of design, animation, programming and robotics.

Who’s Eligible:

Girls, ages 9 to 14


Julian Grace Innovation and Technology Institute (Homan Square/North Lawndale)
Tuesdays/Thursdays, from 3:30pm-6:00pm
Offered year-round. Please click here to sign up.

Laura Parks and Mildred Francis Center (Woodlawn)
Saturdays, from 10:00am-1:00pm
Rolling admission. Please click here to sign up.

Summer Tech Academy

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago is now accepting registrations for our Summer Tech Academy. The YWCA Summer Tech Academy seeks to bridge the technology gap for our students and help provide some Summer Fun!  Our program will allow the students to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) fields while learning what they are all about.  We’ll learn about Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR),  Machine Learning,  Flying Drones, Coding and Robotics to name a few. Being exposed to these amazing topics will not only pique the students’ curiosity but educate them on a world of possibilities! Please click here to sign up.

Cost: $40 each session

*A limited number of partial waivers are available, if needed. Please send emails to for more information.


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


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