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Published on March 12, 2014

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This is a tool as part of the Million Women Mentors Initiative. More info and resources at www.millionwomenmentors.org

Million Women Mentors, launched as an initiative of STEMconnector® on January 8th, 2014, will support the engagement of one million women (and men) in STEM to serve as mentors by 2018. Our shared vision with 52 lead partners and 19 corporate sponsors is to serve at least one million girls and young women throughout the high school to work age continuum to increase the interest and confidence to persist and succeed in STEM programs and careers. Over 50,000 have pledged to mentor to date.

©2014 STEMconnector® All Rights Reserved ACTION GUIDE: 12 Weeks and 20 Hours of #STEM Mentoring Suggested Ideas to Support a Young Woman (16 – 24) w/ STEM Skills #MillionWMentors by Julie Kantor & Edie Fraser Feb. 2014

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The Need to Move the Needle on Women and Girls in STEM In the past 10 years, growth in STEM jobs has been three times greater than non-STEM Jobs. 80% of the fastest growing occupations in the United States depend upon mastery of mathematics and scientific knowledge and skills. While women comprise 48% of the US workforce, just 24% are in STEM fields, a statistic that has held constant for nearly the last decade. 75% of all college students are women and students of color, they represent only 45% of STEM degrees earned each year. Almost 30 percent of all male college freshmen planned to major in a STEM field in 2006 compared with only 15 percent of all female freshmen. Women with STEM jobs earned 33 percent more than comparable women in non- STEM jobs – considerably higher than the STEM premium for men. ©2013 STEMconnector® All Rights Reserved Feb. 2014

We Thank You for Joining MWM Movement They say a teacher affects eternity. We agree, and so does a mentor. We know you want to be a great STEM mentor, and on behalf of our team and 52* national partners and sponsors welcome you to Million Women Mentors. Thank you for your pledge and commitment. Please use this document as a tool-kit and to kick-start building a great relationship with your mentee. We suggest you think of yourself as half business coach and half good aunt/uncle with a sprinkle of solid professional skills based advice. Just 20 hours can make a world of difference for a middle school to young woman in her early 20’s. You two decide how you want to approach 20 hours and if you want to meet weekly, monthly, online, at your workplace. Please note this guide is for girls and young women ages 16 – 24. We will be creating another version for younger girls This template should get you rolling and we welcome your stories and innovations (email us at mwm@stemconnector.org) Be sure to sign up for national webinars and MWM Weekly HERE as we will have many many more resources available for mentoring girls and young women with key STEM skills to make it in the market economy. Special thanks to MENTOR, National Girls Collaborative Project, ASTC and Girl Scouts for advising on this guide. THANKS A MILLION & GOOD LUCK! Julie Kantor, Edie Fraser & The MWM Team ©2013 STEMconnector® All Rights Reserved Feb. 2014 “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” –Maya Angelou

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We Thank You for Joining MWM Movement PS. HERE ARE A FEW MORE RESOURCES SO YOU CAN HIT THE GROUND RUNNING: 1] www.NCWIT.org – Amazing research and tools from the National Center for Women and Informational Technology 2] MENTOR, the National Mentoring Partnership has some great resources for us all to learn from. The value of mentoring, be a mentor and their Mentoring Partnership in Pittsburgh developed a great guide 3] www.npower.org– Sign up here and find STEM related volunteer and mentoring opportunities today on The Community Core. 4] www.Mentornet.net – Outstanding online mentoring platform for undergraduate mentoring 5]. www.Volunteermatch.com Millions of opportunities! 6] The FabFems directory is a national database of women from a broad range of professions in science, technology, computer science, engineering, and mathematics who are inspiring role models for young women. The directory is free and accessible to young women, parents, girl-serving STEM programs, and other orgs working to increase career awareness and interest in STEM. www.fabfems.org. The FabFems Project is an innovative online collaboration tool brought to you by the National Girls Collaborative Project. 7] Girls Who Code or www.Code.org – We hear you can also work with a mentee and learn to code for free through the Khan Academy (www.khanacademy.org). See video of awesome female role models (many in STEM careers)at www.leanin.org 8] Techbridge (www.techbridge.org) has a wealth of research and resources to help you develop your skills as a mentor. 9) Go to www.millionwomenmentors.org and sign up for Million Women Mentors Weekly and count toward the million by adding your Pledge-to-Mentor. ©2013 STEMconnector® All Rights Reserved Feb. 2014

We Thank You for Joining MWM Movement YOU ARE ONE, TWO IN A MILLION! Mentor I, ________, agree to be an ongoing reference and Mentor to the Mentee throughout the ___ hr agreement starting on ______ and ending on ________. I, ________, agree to always look out for the best interest of the Mentee, __________. Mentee I, ________, agree to be honest to Mentor throughout the ___ hr agreement starting on ______ and ending on ________. I, ________, agree to be willing to participate in suggested activities and strategies that Mentor provides and will ask questions as they come up. We both understand and have clarified each of our expectations to make this a rewarding connection in support of an overall goal(s) to _________________________________________________________________________________________. Signed: Signed: ©2013 STEMconnector® All Rights Reserved Feb. 2014 “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” –Maya Angelou

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Week 1 Or Hour One Theme: Getting to Know You, Getting To Know All About You Exercise- Both Mentor & Mentee Participate. This meeting is to pre-qualify the relationship to make sure there is alignment and that the two of you can work well together. 1. Favorite Movie or Book? 2. Something That You are Very Proud Of? 3. A Learning Moment in Life or Challenge You Overcame? 4. Visualize yourself as an adult. What do you see yourself doing professionally now and in 5 years? 5. Mentor, please ask questions about your mentees current professional status to assess your game plan together. I.e. is she in a job already? In school? Trying to get an advanced degree? Write down (or prep for next meeting) An area that you are really good at (strengths based leadership) An area or two you would really like to grow in to be successful personally and professionally where you feel your mentor could specifically coach and advise you. This becomes the goal of our working together. ©2013 STEMconnector® All Rights Reserved Feb. 2014 “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, “I’m possible!” –Audrey Hepburn

Week 1 Or Hour One My Notes: ©2013 STEMconnector® All Rights Reserved Feb. 2014 DID YOU KNOW? “1 in 3 young people will reach adulthood without a mentor,” Diane Quest, MENTOR ACTION ITEM- Schedule Next Three Meetings. Clarify expectations of relationship, and best communication strategy

Week 2 Or Hour Two MENTEE SHARE Tell me about a time when you felt that you were using your greatest strengths on a project? We each have areas we are not as strong at in life? Can you share some areas of challenge you have experienced? SMART GOALS Look at Skills of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and how they relate to the mentees vision for herself. Create 2 – 5 goals for your work together that have learning and outcomes. SAMPLES “To spend a day shadowing a woman in STEM” “To apply for three STEM related internships” “To better understand where the jobs are in my community and what education I will need to attain a great, meaningful and well paying job.” ©2013 STEMconnector® All Rights Reserved Feb. 2014 "For what is done or learned by one class of women becomes, by virtue of their common womanhood, the property of all women." — Elizabeth Blackwell

Week 2 Or Hour Two MY KEY GOALS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. How I will measure success using these goals in 2014 - 2015 ©2013 STEMconnector® All Rights Reserved Feb. 2014 ACTION ITEM- Mentee Return with Updated GOALS sheet and draft resume if relevant to your work together

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Week 3 Or Hour Three THEME- A SOULFUL LEARNING CONVERSATION MENTOR SHARE I will share with you my professional (and personal) pathway and five key lessons learned along the way. (Please share the ups and the downs, how decisions were made, stress management, people skills, and key moves you made professionally that you are proud of) MENTEE SHARE My professional experience to date and what I feel I need to grow and learn Try to use the whole hour to share stories and learning from both mentor & mentee… ©2013 STEMconnector® All Rights Reserved Feb. 2014 “The best help we can offer the youth of today is to prepare them for tomorrow.” ― Mark W. Boyer

Week 3 Or Hour Three Notes on What I Learned from My Mentor/Mentee: ©2013 STEMconnector® All Rights Reserved Feb. 2014 ACTION ITEM- Mentor Take Home and Review Mentee SMART GOALS sheet and draft resume

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Week 4 Or Hour Four THEME: THE IMPORTANCE OF YOUR NETWORK & FIVE STRATEGIES TO BUILD IT… MENTOR, WE LEAVE THIS ONE UP TO YOU… GET CREATIVE & IF YOU USE LINKEDIN, GOOGLE+, ARE PART OF SPECIFIC GROUPS LIKE ROTARY OR CHAMBER… TELL ALL. I.e.. I wrote to 20 contacts on LinkedIn and went to three networking events when I was looking for my next job. Here is what worked. What to have and not put up on social media. If your mentee is already working in STEM, steps to garner more opportunity, support and promotion. Please integrate how you prepared for a meeting and follow-up suggestions. The next time you meet, bring another woman leader to meet your mentee or go to an event together to teach her the ropes of networking effectively. OR suggest a really good book for discussion on this topic. In fact, what are the top three professional books that at this stage of the game might help your mentee? ©2013 STEMconnector® All Rights Reserved Feb. 2014 “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

Week 4 Or Hour Four Notes on Building a Professional Network and Five Key People I Need to Have in My Network: (tip, if you are in high school, be creative of who you are meeting including teachers and family friends) ©2013 STEMconnector® All Rights Reserved Feb. 2014 ACTION ITEM- Mentee Three Action Items for Building Your Network as Takeaways. Get feedback on your resume. Mentor, really stress outreach and crucial follow-up skills. Also, what to do if someone does not respond to your outreach.

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Week 5 Or Hour Five THEME: ACTION! ACTION! ACTION! What actions will you take this week and next toward your 2014 – 2015 SmartGoals. If your mentee is already employed, list projects and research you would like to be engaged with and how to present it to your boss? Show two role model videos from TEDx talk, Leanin.org, Fabfems.org, Code.org other… What made these women successful in STEM careers and life ©2013 STEMconnector® All Rights Reserved Feb. 2014 “The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.” -Steven Spielberg

Week 5 Or Hour Five Notes on My SMART GOALS: ©2013 STEMconnector® All Rights Reserved Feb. 2014 ACTION ITEM- Mentee to update SMART GOALS based on talk and email to mentor. Watch/ look for two STEM role models in their field of interest

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Week 6 Or Hour Six THEME: HAPPINESS & A POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE IN WORK “Happy People Are More Productive People” Mentor, bring to the table some examples from your professional life and mentee from your academic or professional life about people who seem or are genuinely happy. What makes them this way? Abraham Lincoln says “You Can Be as Happy as You Choose to Be,” do you and your mentee agree to this statement? How do you avoid at work the gossip and some common pitfalls that make people unhappy professionally. The Company LRN.com does some groundbreaking work in this area- led by Dov Seidman and Ted Leonsis wrote a book on this topic– Google them on Youtube as they have a lot of good insights. ©2013 STEMconnector® All Rights Reserved Feb. 2014 “Mentor Duty Should Be the New Jury Duty” - Brandon Busteeed - We at MWM agree that mentoring should be part of our civic responsibilities

Week 6 Or Hour Six Notes on Happiness and Culture: ©2013 STEMconnector® All Rights Reserved Feb. 2014 ACTION ITEM- If either mentor or mentee can bring any culture surveys or happiness research to this meeting that would be great.

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Week 7 Or Hour Seven – Ten (4 Hours) “Talk is Important but Experience is the Best Teacher” Based on your conversations with your mentee, suggest a professional experience here that they wouldn’t have otherwise received that is STEM focused. A trip to the Science museum, a Math competition, 4 Hours interviewing young women and leaders at tech company, visit to a manufacturing company that uses robotics. LEARN & PLAY! If needed and your mentee is over 18, you can send your mentee to meet with someone you know well who will host her for this experience. For her independence might be ideal for her to go on her own. ANOTHER OPTION if your mentee is working in STEM, attend a skill building class or workshop that directly relates to professional development goals. ACTION ITEM- If either mentor or mentee can bring any culture surveys or happiness research to this meeting that would be great. ©2013 STEMconnector® All Rights Reserved Feb. 2014 “We're here for a reason. I believe a bit of the reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark.“ -Whoopi Goldberg

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Week 8 Or Hour Eleven Mentee Empowered! Highly recommend your mentee does the Gallup Strengths Finder survey or similar (many good ones online that are under $15 or free). Ideal if they email report to you and thoughts in advance. ACTION ITEM- You two are working so hard together. No specific action items ©2013 STEMconnector® All Rights Reserved Feb. 2014 “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face…You must do the thing you cannot do.” - Eleanor Roosevelt

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Week 9 Or Hour Twelve My Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (or Challenges) I am Really Good At: I Would Like to Grow In: Opportunities (Personal/ Professional): Challenges to My Success: How I Can Best Leverage My Strengths in Work & Life ©2013 STEMconnector® All Rights Reserved Feb. 2014 Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood. - Marie Curie

Week 9 Or Hour Twelve ©2013 STEMconnector® All Rights Reserved Feb. 2014 Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities Use strengths to take advantage of opportunities Use opportunities to minimize weaknesses and improve (or delegate/collaborate) Threats Strategy to use strengths to overcome treats Strategies to overcome disadvantages ACTION ITEM- Mentor- Really Look at Strengths-based approach with your mentor and guidance for types of careers that build on strengths of your mentee. Share your weaknesses and how your crafted a career leading w/ your strengths

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Week 10 Or Hour Thirteen FOCUS! FOCUS! FOCUS! How do you triage priorities to get to the most important things in your personal and professional life. Many young woman are INCREDIBLY stressed as they LEAN IN to well, everything! When to lean in and when to lean out and avoid burn out. ACTION ITEM- What are three things you can now say NO to? What do you choose to SAY Yes to? ©2013 STEMconnector® All Rights Reserved Feb. 2014 “Women, like men, should try to do the impossible, and when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others. - Amelia Earhart

Week 10 Or Hour Thirteen To protect my time and focus- I am dedicated to saying ‘No’ to: 1. 2. 3. And YES! To: 1. 2. 3. 4. ACTION ITEM- Go to www.millionwomenmentors.org and find two partnering organizations that will be resources for you and your mentee. They are all profiled with links to the site ©2013 STEMconnector® All Rights Reserved Feb. 2014 "Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.“ - Maria Montessori

Feb. 2014 Photo of Girls from National Girls Collaborative Project

Week 11 Or Hour Fourteen CONNECTING Out of the Million Women Mentors 50+ National Partners or Other STEM-related opportunities, please reflect on two and how you might connect to their official STEM programming and learning? What have you already learned? Discussion about Gender-bias in STEM (stats on page 2) and some of the wonderful women role models your mentee has in media and life. ACTION ITEM- Connect this week to one or two of the organizations for opportunities for your learning based on your interests- draft a letter or email to outreach and show your mentor a copy ideally before sending ©2013 STEMconnector® All Rights Reserved Feb. 2014 “A mentor empowers a person to see a possible future, an believe it can be obtained” -Shawn Hitchcock

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Week 12 Or Hour Fifteen to Twenty STEMxperience Research something related to your professional passion and go out this week or next to really experience … Angle this toward something you might want to do professionally, a charity you believe in, an internship you might want to secure. One idea is to join a college class or local STEM school on a field trip or Science experiment. Go to a local business accelerator and observe a new Startup that is really INNOVATING… your secret agenda also is some power networking here. Shadow a family friend who has a cool event or opportunity coming up. Plan to interview some leaders! ACTION ITEM- Think is there an area in your life where you are supporting younger girls/ women with all you have learned so far? Also, If you are looking for an internship or a job- have you specifically asked people to help with focused introductions? ©2013 STEMconnector® All Rights Reserved Feb. 2014 “Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” ― George Bernard Shaw

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Week 13 Or Hour Twenty One MY SMART GOALS Break down your SmartGoals you wrote on Week ___ into quarterly action items. Or what you will do in the next 90 days, 6 months, 9 months and 12 months. Each week, send your mentor a two paragraph email with: 1. Where I stand against my Key Goals, Areas of Need 2. Highlights of My Week 3. Any Challenges or Barriers to My Success Suggest at this juncture you meet 1 – 2 times per month and one time should be at a event where there is some opportunity for networking or connecting with a larger group you and your mentor can learn from. If you love the coffee meetings- by all means keep them going and GOOD LUCK! ACTION ITEM- Mentor, consider at this point transitioning the relationship to a Sponsoring relationship. Sylvia Ann Hewlett taught us that men are 42% more likely to have a sponsor. A sponsor is a champion of a young woman who makes introductions for jobs, internships, internal promotions. We call this Mentor+. Ladies we can do this too! ©2013 STEMconnector® All Rights Reserved Feb. 2014

About MWM Million Women Mentors will support the engagement of one million science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) mentors (male and female) to increase the interest and confidence of girls and young women to persist and succeed in STEM programs and careers. MWM is an initiative of STEMconnector® in collaboration with over 50 leading national organizations and 20 sponsors Info contact mwm@stemconnector.org Site www.millionwomenmentors.org THROUGH ENGAGING ONE MILLION MENTORS, OUR GOALS ARE TO: 1. Increase the percentage of U.S. high school girls planning to pursue STEM careers, currently 13% 2. Increase the percentage of U.S. young women pursuing undergraduate degrees in STEM fields in higher education up from 45% 3. Increase the percentage of U.S. women staying in STEM careers, currently 24%, through a workforce mentoring, paid internship and sponsorship programming. WE WILL: 1. Lead a national call to action for corporations to join MWM and and capture metrics around mentoring girls and young women in STEM. 2. Provide an automated, scalable and easy-to-use platform to eliminate barriers and facilitate large numbers of STEM professionals (male and female) with tools to becoming effective mentors in partnership with 35 national organizations reaching over 18 million girls. 3. Match participating corporations to scaled non-profit partners and educational institutions in need of STEM mentors and role models (Fall 2014) 4. Provide an environmental scan on “who” is doing “what” in mentoring, particularly women and girls related. 5. Recognize best practice and ‘who is doing what’ in mentoring girls (middle school through careers) in STEM learning. ©2013 STEMconnector® All Rights Reserved Feb. 2014

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