AIG’s partnership with international education charity Greenlight for Girls (g4g) has benefited almost 700 young women through joint workshops held in London, Barcelona, Brussels, New York, and Vilnius since our collaboration began in 2015.
AIG first partnered with g4g in 2015, when we hosted a ‘Sports meets Science’ event at OXO2 in London during the Rugby World Cup. Since then, AIG and g4g have collectively inspired almost 700 young women, aged 11 to 15, to embrace ‘STEM’ subjects by bringing Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths to life through a combination of creative and interactive learning.
In December, the New York Chapter of AIG’s Global Women in Technology (GWIT) hosted the first g4g@WorkDay at AIG’s New York headquarters. A total of 12 AIG volunteers – professionals who could help bridge the link between life and science – led a series of engaging workshops for around 50 girls, that were a mix of employees’ children, students from a local technology focused high school and students from areas that would not typically be exposed to STEM programs.
Monica Anderson Young, GWIT Program Director in New York, said, “Organizations like Greenlight for Girls provide an investment in our future, the first round of ‘seeding.’ Introducing young women to STEM careers opens their perspective to broad career choices, and AIG’s support of this initiative is not only the right thing to do but builds a community of young women who one day may become colleagues.”
In November in London, AIG invited another 70 girls to participate in a full day of hands-on discovery showcasing STEM in a g4g signature event held at Surrey University in Guildford. The interactive workshops led by AIG and g4g included M&M statistics, DNA jewelry fun and virtual reality with AIG’s Haka 360 experience. So it was only fitting that the young participants were treated to a special surprise - three players from the Black Ferns, New Zealand’s national women’s rugby team, who made a special appearance at the workshops to demonstrate the importance of science in sport.
We also supported g4g in Brussels late last year. In November, a team of over 100 volunteers from companies including AIG gathered at The International School of Brussels for g4g’s biggest event of the year with over 270 girls from 30 schools in greater Brussels.
Anthony Baldwin, CEO, UK and AIG Europe Limited, and an alumni of Surrey University, said, “Making a positive impact in our local communities is one of AIG's citizenship priorities, and I am proud of our partnership with g4g. Earlier this year, I personally made a pledge to encourage diversity. So I am committed to hosting events like these with a goal to inspire the future generation of female STEM leaders.”
Sarah Davies, AIG’s Coordinator of the g4g partnership in Europe, helped to organize the events. She said, “I am always impressed by the level of enthusiasm and support from our wonderful volunteers. We wouldn’t be able to deliver these great events and engage our ‘greenlight girls’ to be inspired by STEM subjects without it. I’m also incredibly thrilled and proud that we’ve taken this ‘across the pond’ to New York City! It’s such a great continuation of our partnership with g4g. The next stop is Dublin, Ireland which we hope to coincide with our volunteering month of April!”
Melissa Rancourt, Founder and Chairman, g4g, added, “It is important to demonstrate that science (meaning science, technology, engineering and math) is linked to everything around us – and is a part of any career path you may choose to follow. These events and our partnership with AIG is a perfect opportunity to demonstrate this link and to inspire the next generation to look ahead to their future.”
Special thanks to the volunteers whose efforts helped to make these events a success.
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