• Causes: Children, Education, Women's issues
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  • Mission: Girlstart's mission is to empower girls in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
  • Details: Founded in Austin, Texas, in 1997, Girlstart is one of the few community-based informal education programs in the nation specifically dedicated to empowering and equipping K–12 girls in STEM. Girlstart develops and implements a range of innovative, research-based education and mentorship programs designed to promote girls’ early engagement and academic success in STEM, encourage postsecondary aspirations and persistence in the STEM pipeline among women and other under-represented groups, and develop a diverse STEM workforce for the 21st century. Since its inception, Girlstart has served more than 30,000 girls and 5,500 teachers and families through school- and community-based programs—held at the Girlstart STEM Center in Austin and other venues throughout Central Texas—including afterschool clubs, summer camps, science career conferences and expos, large-scale science events for families, teacher workshops, online teaching and learning resources, and virtual learning communities.