In this episode, we are talking to the CEO of Techbridge Girls Nikole Collins-Puri about the organization’s recent UL Innovative Education Award win. Techbridge Girls is the 2018 grand prize winner and the recipient of $100,000. Serving hundreds of girls across several states, the Techbridge Girls ChangeMakers program opens up the world of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to girls from low-income communities with hands-on environmental projects.
The UL Innovative Education Award
The UL Innovative Education Award, a first-of-its-kind award program recognizing the work of non-profits advancing environmental and STEM education, sustainable communities and youth empowerment. Each year, five organizations are recognized for their unique programs and welcomed into a growing network of past winners working to encourage students to design STEM-based solutions to environmental problems. Prizes of $100,000, $50,000 or $25,000 are gifted to each organization so they can scale up their efforts and reach more youth in their respective communities. This year marks the one millionth dollar awarded through the UL Innovative Education Award program.
Working with youth across the country, the 2018 UL Innovative Education Award recipients are:
- Eliminating the term “girl subject”, TechBridge Girls: A Bay Area-based non-profit that educates and equips girls in low-income schools with high-quality environmental STEM programming that introduces them to potential careers in these subject areas.
- Training environmental stewards, Ocean Discovery Institute: Transforming Young Lives Through Science: A San Diego-based non-profit that uses ocean science to encourage youth from underserved urban communities to become conservation leaders by offering tuition-free science education.
- Regenerating neighborhoods, Sweet Water Foundation’s Apprenticeship and Outreach Program: A Chicago-based non-profit organization that empowers youth to better understand the urban ecological environment and takes the reins in improving their communities through gardening, urban farming, neighborhood beautification and more.
- Reintroducing extinct species, Groundswell Michigan: A San Diego-based non-profit that provides students with the opportunity to help reintroduce a species that is currently extinct in the wild and learn about its ecological significance.
- Creating life-long stewards of the Great Lakes, Alalā Reintroduction Community Inquiry Program: A Michigan-based non-profit organization that supports educators who want to move beyond the classroom walls to teach students about real-world problem-solving in the environment.