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2016: Year in Review and of course, Happy New Year

January 1, 2017

A year in Review: ATG Reflections of 2016

 

Over the past 12 months, Afro-Tech Girls (African Girls in Science and Technology Initiative) has had the opportunity to celebrate some exciting milestones along the way. Being the 2nd year of [AS1] our inception, we had the opportunity to expand our reach in line with our vision to engage more girls and increase STEM enthusiasm through creativity, innovation and team work. In line with our strategic imperatives, we strengthened in these areas

 

  • Organization Structure: The team expanded from just us 3, juggling multiple hats while managing full time jobs to a team of about 12 volunteer members across different strategic teams and event volunteers supporting with execution. This year we also had the honor of instituting our board of advisors with 4 distinguished individuals – Dr. Omobola Johnson, Dr. Ijeoma Nwagwu, Mr. Obinna Nkemeneme and Ms. Thelma Osuhor who have provided the team with the guidance, support and counsel needed. We look forward to more organizational development in 2017 as we continue to expand our reach

 

  • Competency: The ATG mentorship program provided the team the opportunity to strengthen our skill in developing standard curriculum for our programs that can be developed upon as we strive to ensure consistency in our brand and experience of the girls are made better each time.

 

  • More Reach: With the launch of the ATG Mentorship program and wider engagement on the 2nd Sciletes Quiz competition, we were able to realize a growth rate about 100% increase in girls and women reached this year, with over 100 participants throughout the year and 4x increase in schools within the ATG network. As we tireless strive to increase these numbers, we are quite optimistic to see even more growth in 2017

 

  • Corporate Involvement: The achievements of 2016 would not have been possible without the sponsorship and partnership of various well-meaning individuals and organizations such as: General Electric (GE), Andela leading ladies, Main One, First Bank Sustainability Centre- Lagos Business School, Idea Hub, Chevron – Agbami, Alpha and Jam, STAG Engineering Nigeria Limited, Protiquette. Their support and involvement is evident of their passion to see an increased female engagement in the STEM fields and we are most appreciative that they believe in the ATG vision

 

As we recount the wins of 2016, we look expectantly to 2017 with the anticipation to:

  • Sustain existing programs and launch of new programs to drive participant increase

  • Establish ATG presence in other Nigerian states besides Lagos

  • Increased Operational efficiency and more strategic partnerships

 

We would also like to thank all of the mentors who participated in our pioneer mentorship program. These ladies are exceptional, they dedicated their time and knowledge to giving back to the young secondary girls who were in awe of them. The ATG mentors shared personal experiences and were present to guide their mentees through the 6-month process that led to increased interest in STEM with a ‘can do’ attitude. For your labor of love we are most grateful and consider you a part of the ATG family. Thank you Achenyo, Adekemi, Chidinma, Irene, Simbo, Omolade, Rosebud, Adebanke, Chioma, Adunola, Jumoke, Temi, Temilade, Lade, Kesiena

 

 

With unrelenting drive,

 

Adeola, Morenike and Yvonne

Co-founders, Afro-Tech Girls

African Girls in Science and Technology Initiative

 

To find out more about ATG, or be a part of future programs, please send an email to afrotechgirls@gmail.com or visit www.afrotechgirls.org

 

 

 

 

 

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