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Effectively Engaging Underserved Youth in STEM

Course Description 
Getting started working with underserved youth can be a daunting task. The conventional methods of planning and hosting outreach events aren’t always capable of reaching these populations. The Society Outreach Committee will walk through who “underserved youth” are and how to effectively engage them. This training will cover general tips and tricks, mitigating unconscious bias, communication techniques, as well as present valuable resources to aid in outreach to underserved youth.

Learning Outcomes
After completing this course, you should be able to:
  • Name at least three general event tips to keep in mind when developing outreach events for underserved youth.
  • Identify the FLEX method for recognizing personal biases.
  • Apply at least three strategies for communicating with underserved youth.

 60 Minutes

Samantha Balistreri, Training Development Work Group Lead. Samantha Balistreri will be graduating in December 2021 from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with her B.S. in Software Engineering. She has a passion for training adult advocates and is the FY21 Society Outreach Committee Training and Development lead. In this role she leads the Role Models Matter, Working with Underserved Youth, and Introducing Engineering Concepts teams in the research and development of training modules for adult advocates. Ruby Granillo, Working with Underserved Youth focus Area Lead. Originally from Mexico, Ruby Granillo immigrated to the U.S. ten years ago as a high school student, mostly living on her own and supporting herself with part-time jobs. She worked her way through college, becoming the first in her family to earn a college degree. Ruby graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a degree in aerospace engineering, and currently works as a Flight Test Engineer at a rapidly growing start-up in Orange County, California. Working in the field has really highlighted for her how much work there is still left to do when it comes to encouraging women to enter engineering fields. Being connected to a network of female engineers like the Society of Women Engineers is a great way to continue increasing positive impact on the community, one engineer at a time!