Southern Automotive Women’s Forum to Hold a STEM Event for Middle School Girls
Birmingham, AL (September 26, 2017) The Southern Automotive Women’s Forum (SAWF), a non-profit professional organization that seeks to promote education and advancement of women in the automotive industry, will be partnering with Girls Inc. of Central Alabama, an organization that inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold, to hold a one-day STEM event for Birmingham middle school girls. The “All Girls Auto Know™” event was held on Wednesday, October 4th at the Girls Inc. Crestwood Center, 5130 8th Court South, from 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM in an effort to introduce girls to automotive career paths.
Because of the great success SAWF has seen when they previously held the “All Girls Auto Know™” events in South Carolina, they decided to bring the event to Alabama. By working with three different schools in the Birmingham area – Minor Middle, Smith Middle, and Irondale Middle – Girls Inc. expects to have around 175 7th and 8th graders participate at this event. Local SAWF members will talk about their careers and the need for more women in the automotive industry, and a panel of college students majoring in a STEM program will share insight on high school AP/honors classes, their collegiate program, and what their career plans are. Throughout the second half of the event, the middle school girls will be able to take part in a hands-on STEM activity where they will discuss various skills needed to work in the automotive industry. A number of local automotive vendors, suppliers, and training programs will be in attendance to talk to the girls about college and career opportunities.
“The growth of the automotive industry in the South bring many career opportunities for young women. Girls Inc. is excited to partner with SAWF to introduce girls to the many jobs associated with the automotive field and to show them how to begin preparing for these jobs while they are still in school.”
The “All Girls Auto Know™” events have been held exclusively in South Carolina since 2011, with each event exposing up to 300 girls to the world of STEM and the automotive industry. After bringing the event to Birmingham, SAWF plans to expand to Georgia, Tennessee and other Southern Regions.
About Girls Inc. of Central Alabama
Girls Inc. of Central Alabama is a United Way organization providing center-based and outreach programs to school age girls. The organization focuses on helping girls gain life skills, develop self-confidence and learn to compete in an ever-expanding world. Key program areas include health and wellness, economic literacy, and college and career preparedness. For more information visit www.girlsinccentral-al.org.
Girls Inc. of Central Alabama is an affiliate of Girls Inc., which serves 138,000 girls across the U.S. and Canada with life-changing experiences and real solutions to the unique issues girls face. Learn more at www.girlsinc.org.
About United Way of Central Alabama
United Way of Central Alabama serves Jefferson, Shelby, Walker, Blount and St. Clair counties by providing solutions for the most important needs in the community. Through our partner agencies and community initiatives, we improve lives and community conditions by building and mobilizing resources. United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. For more information visit www.uwca.org.