Girls Inc. Alumna Honored as White House Champion of Change for Encouraging Girls in STEM Fields
NEW YORK - December 7, 2011 – Girls Inc. congratulates Bianca Bailey, an alumna of Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas and past Girls Inc. National Scholar, on her selection as a Champion of Change by the White House. Bianca is one of 12 recipients of the Champions of Change honor for being leaders in the effort to recruit and retain girls and women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.
As a part of the Champions of Change program, Bianca took part in a special discussion on this issue at the White House on Friday, December 9, 2011.
Bianca attended Girls Inc. afterschool programs in Dallas for nine years, and credits her hands-on STEM experiences and exposure to women scientist mentors as a key factor in selecting a STEM path of study and career. Bianca is currently pursuing a degree in chemical engineering at Howard University, set to graduate in May 2012. There she is the campus President of Engineers Without Borders, doing volunteer work in Kenya, Brazil and Haiti. She also mentors girls at Girls Inc. of the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area.
“We are incredibly proud of Bianca,” said Girls Inc. President and CEO Judy Vredenburgh. “Bianca is a role model who has broken barriers and inspires other girls to do the same with her success. She truly embodies our mission of strong, smart, and bold.”
About Girls Inc.
Girls Inc. delivers life-changing programs that inspire girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Research-based curricula, delivered by trained professionals, equip girls to achieve academically; lead healthy and physically active lives; manage money; navigate media messages; and discover an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. The network of local Girls Inc. nonprofit organizations serves 150,000 girls ages 6 - 18 annually at over 1,400 sites in 350 cities across the United States and Canada. Learn more about our programs and advocacy at www.girlsinc.org.