Many San Diego community partners believe in the message of Athena Racing and plan to do their part in helping young ladies experience STEM and automotive industries.
As Athena Racing was born in San Diego, our community partners are eager to be involved with the first all-female automotive racing team. Their support ensures the inaugural team has ample support to learn and compete in all things STEM and automotive.
The female focus of Athena caught the Elementary Institute of Science’s (EIS) attention when they decided to become a community partner. EIS leads their own female-focused program, Girls Take Flight, where they instruct young girls how to build, program, and fly drones to become certified drone pilots. They are on their second year of the program and have seen excellent outcomes. EIS said they plan to pair the Girls Take Flight program with Athena Racing to capture footage of the inaugural racing team.
“The tremendous time commitment Athena Racing pours into each girl in the program is also something that resonates with us. This is the kind of work that changes people’s lives,” EIS said.
Expand Your Horizons (EYH), a non-profit that provides middle school, high school, and undergraduate women with hands-on learning experiences to get girls excited about STEM fields and career paths.
“We were enamored by the original concept of using a race team to deliver the interdisciplinary concepts of science, engineering, and leadership to young women. There are several STEM programs available to girls and young women in San Diego county, but few are as multifaceted as Athena Racing,” EYH said.
To improve STEM outreach in San Diego, EYH said mentorship is a crucial component to incorporating more young women into programming in San Diego County, while also using more applied activities.
Most importantly, San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE), partnered with Athena Racing due to their shared interest in providing all students, especially historically underserved groups, with equal opportunities to enter STEM industries and other careers.
The SDCOE College and Career Readiness Team works to bridge students’ classroom experience to the labor market by working with regional employers and students.
“Through guest speakers, site tours, internships, and other work-based learning activities, students explore a variety of occupations and industries and learn about the in-demand skills employers are looking for when hiring,” SDCOE said.
Since Athena Racing aims to work with high school-aged young ladies, SDCOE has helped spread the word about the upcoming all-female Athena Racing team to San Diego County schools, administrators and teachers.
All current and future community partners play a huge role in supporting what Athena Racing stands for and an even more significant role in supporting the brave young ladies that will make up the inaugural Athena Racing team.
If you are interested in supporting the goals of Athena Racing and helping young ladies everywhere enter male-dominated STEM and automotive industries, please reach out and partner with us.
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