Teen Programs (beta)
Career Exploration, Leadership, & Life Skills (C.E.L.L.S.) is the youth development umbrella that houses a palette of semi-sequenced science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and leadership programs. Girls try on different STEM-related identities and are given the space to explore their own development through multiple pathways.
This is a leadership program where upper-middle and high school girls serve as co-teachers and Junior Mentors (JMs) in the Science Clubs. It also serves as a job preparation program for adolescent girls to learn and practice teamwork, communication skills and many other critical 21st century skills.
Junior Mentors who are in their junior or senior year of high school, exhibit leadership and skill competency, have been with SCFG or other STEM programs for more than one year, and who have exhibited strengths in teaching, are invited to lead their own Science Clubs as Peer Mentors.
Challenge Teams are unique opportunities for teens to deepen their identity in STEM by working with like-minded young women through projects inspired by their interests and fueled by their creativity. Teams meet weekly with mentors, learning new skills through lab science, engineering, computer programming, journalism, and research.
The team meets weekly at Aurora Flight Sciences, with guidance from Aurora mentors, the teens learn about science and engineering as they design and build their own rockets to enter in the national Team America Rocketry Challenge. Girls in grades 8-12 are welcome to apply.
Lights, Camera, Action! Girls interested in journalism and filmmaking will work with mentors to create a short documentary film on women in computer science. The girls will learn how to interview subjects, and edit video and audio to tell the story of being a women in the technology field, and how they arrived at the current point in their careers.
Girls learn about the biological development, genetics, and behavior of zebrafish, an organism commonly used in laboratory research in fields ranging from environmental science to medicine. Open to girls in grades 9-12.
This is an opportunity for teens ages 16-18, to gain authentic experiences in Science Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields in academic and industry settings. Interns will design, execute, and present capstone projects and also attend workshops focused on college-readiness, resume skills, and professional development. Check out our intern blog to learn more about our current interns and their projects.
Sister Circles are workshops designed to create sisterhood among all teen program participants. Participants choose from variety of workshop topics and field trips focused on physical & emotional health, social justice, and professional development topics. Junior Mentor, Challenge Team, and STEM Internship participants are required to attend at least 4 workshops per semester. Workshops meet at a variety of times and locations throughout the semester.
*Sister Circles are not a stand-alone program, they are a required
part of the Challenge Team, Junior Mentor, and STEM Internship programs*
Over the course of 6-weeks, girls explore various education topics and career options within STEM through hand-on activities and field trips throughout the Cambridge and Boston- areas. This program is held in conjunction with the Cambridge Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program (Cambridge residence required) and is open to girls ages 14-17. Applications through the Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment program open in April, indicate Young Leaders in STEM on the application.