Academy Students Participate in S.H.E. Leads STEM Summit

Students from Pinole Valley High School’s Law Academy, Richmond High School’s Health Academy and Richmond High School’s Engineering Academy joined the 200 youth participants in Junior Achievements’ annual S.H.E. Leads Summit focused on female STEM leadership. The Summit this year focused on the theme of “The Women Who Power the Bay Area.” It was an inspirational day of panel discussions, hands-on activities from Junior Achievement’s career readiness curriculum, and a student Q&A with women in the energy sector and supporting industries.

Supporting Our Students to be Career Ready

Here are a few quotes from what students had to say about the day.

JA SHE Leads STEM Summit taught me: 

“There are more career choices than just math and science for STEM and STEAM careers.”

“Just because I’m a woman does not mean I cannot do better than a man.”

“That I, as a woman, should believe in myself and continue to believe in myself because I am capable of doing so much.”

The Best Career advice I received today was:

“To take time to think about what you really want to be; it’s okay of you change your major and your path.”

“Don’t compare yourself with others.”

Students taking part in a round table discussion as part of the S.H.E. Leads STEM Summit

I feel motivated to pursue a career in STEM after this summit because:

“There were many mentors that gave me a new outlook on life.”  – Pinole Valley H.S.

“I feel like if I work hard enough, I can become an architect and become someone who other girls looks up to.”- Richmond H.S.

“This event and the mentors made me realize that there are different paths to get to where you want.” – Pinole Valley H.S.

Thanks to Junior Achievement and their sponsors including Andeavor, Valero, CSAA, Robert Half, Intel, Cisco, AON, CAN, PG&E, GE, Heritage, Tesla, and Thomson Reuters for making this day possible for our students.

For more information, see Junior Achievement’s press release about the event.