Girls of Promise® is an initiative of the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas, which aims to help women & girls reach their full economic potential. Girls of Promise® exposes girls to opportunities and mentors in STEAM fields with the goal of increasing the number of women in higher-level STEAM courses, careers, and putting them on the path to achieve economic security as women.
Since 1999, more than 5,000 eighth-grade girls have been introduced to women with careers in STEAM fields, participated in hands-on learning activities, and met other girls passionate about learning through Girls of Promise® conferences and other programs. The initiative, which originally started as a 2-day conference for 8th grade girls, now also includes two coding summits per year, the Innovate for Good, formerly known as Tech for Good, competition sponsored by AT&T, and other programs through grantee partners. All the programs through the initiative are completely free for participants.