Frequently Asked Questions


How will the winners of the national competition be selected?

  • The Manufacturing Institute’s women’s program committee will select the final three winners to attend the 2020 STEP Ahead Awards. Selection of winners will be based on creativity, theme communication, originality, and social and environmental impact.


When will the winners of the competition be announced?

  • The winners of the national competition will be announced on Monday, March 9, 2020.


When are content submissions due?

  • Club Directors should email all final submissions for consideration to partnerships@bgca.org no later than 11:59 p.m. ET February 29, 2020.


How many girls from each Club are eligible to participate?

  • All girls from each Club are eligible to participate in the contest. Due to the limited number of spots available, only one girl from each Boys & Girls Club may be able to attend. A maximum of three winners will be selected, one from each category.


Are boys allowed to participate?

  • The competition is intended for K-12 girls enrolled in a Boys & Girls Club to help empower young women to believe in and express their abilities. For more opportunities to engage a broader audience, please consider participating in Manufacturing Day.


Is a STEP Ahead Alumnae visit mandatory to submit a nomination?

  • No, while not mandatory to participate in the competition, notes of recommendation from a STEP Ahead Alumnae can supplement content entries.


When and where are the 2020 STEP Ahead Awards?

  • The 2020 STEP Ahead Awards will be held on Thursday, April 30, 2020 in Washington, D.C. at the National Building Museum. The chosen finalists, along with a parent or guardian, will be awarded an all-inclusive trip to the nation's capital during this time frame.


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