Lake Sumter Branch Initiatives
for fiscal year 2019-2020
Breaking Through Barriers for Women and Girls
Promoting STEM programs in science, technology, engineering, and math education, especially for girls and other underrepresented populations.
The following are the projects that the Board of Directors have approved for branch financing and fund-raising
- Florida AAUW Tech Trek is a week-long STEM-focused residential camp for girls going into the 8th grade. Held on a university campus, it is designed to develop interest and excitement about STEM fields as well as self-confidence in young women. Campers are nominated by teachers and AAUW branches to attend. The university campus experience gives girls a chance to think about the kinds of opportunities a college education can afford them. Hands-on instruction and field trips encourage maximum interaction and instruction in environments where STEM professionals work.
Note: Our TechTrek/Team team worked hard to select young women to attend the 2019 TechTrek Camp. For more information about Florida TechTrek https://techtrek-fl.aauw.net/
- Angel Books are new books or gently used books collected throughout the year by branch members. In the spring, books are donated to the Tutors for Kids program for grades K-6.
- Branch Scholarships are awarded to women who are advancing their college education beyond 60 credit hours or an Associates Degree. Fund raising events and 50/50 chance drawing throughout the year. Recipients of Scholarships, Tech Trek
- EO – Educational Opportunities Fund (AAUW FUND #4336) includes Fellowships and Grants, the Fellows Alumnae Initiative, and the Undergraduate Scholarship Clearinghouse. (The branch budgets a fixed donation amount in the annual budget.)
- Eleanor Roosevelt Fund (AAUW FUND #9170) supports research to provide accurate data about issues that are important to women and girls. (The branch donates memorial gifts in the name of deceased members through the branch budget.)
- Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) In 2002, Florida voters passed a constitutional amendment to provide a high-quality pre-school experience to all 4-year-olds in Florida; the program was implemented in the fall of 2005. Since 2015, Lake/Sumter branch of AAUW, with the League of Women Voters of The Villages/Tri-County, has been studying VPK in our tri-county area; we are now using our findings to advocate for increased funding for this program. Reports are joint with the tri-county League of Women Voters and stored on their web site. VPK reports mid-way down the LWV home page
The White House has developed a web site about
Women in STEM “Untold Stories of Women in STEM