Washington, DC, -  The Manufacturing Institute will also announce a new mentorship program within the Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Initiative, partnering with the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP). This partnership will support girl-serving STEM organizations across the United States to change perceptions of the manufacturing industry and create new opportunities for women in the sector.

The vision of the NGCP is to bring together organizations throughout the United States that are committed to informing and encouraging girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). There are currently 31 Collaboratives, serving 39 states, facilitating partnerships between more than 12,800 organizations who serve more than 7.7 million girls. The local Collaboratives vary in focus areas and populations served, and include higher education institutions, private non-profits, and coalitions of afterschool organizations, but all work to increase gender equity in STEM fields.

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