Transcript of 2019 Awardee Elyse Forman Video

2019 Awardee Elyse Forman Video


In our society, oftentimes women are not encouraged to go into science and technology. Minority women make up only one 10th of the STEM workforce, and this is something that needs to be changed because we are losing so many of their voices. Girls in STEM is closing the gender gap in the sciences.

Girls that attend our free classes are engaged in chemistry, computer science, and engineering. We spark the curiosity of girls by really making it an energetic and positive atmosphere. I make it hands-on for them. They can experiment, ask questions, and really hear each other with their ideas, and learning. Confidence holds so much power in a young girl’s life. If she’s able to contribute her ideas, she will carry that power with her for the rest of her life.

I have spent a lot of time recruiting many other volunteers, really encouraging them to be passionate about this social issue. And because of that, they make deep connections with each and every student. My organization embodies the values of Judaism that I was taught growing up, an equal chance for everybody, a tight-knit and close community, and passing on from generation to generation, L’dor Vador.