Personal Development Workshop

MSKSI School of Awake  (July 2020)

The Need

 

Even with greater numbers of women breaking barriers and emerging in professions such as law, business, and medicine, statistics point to environmental and social barriers, including stereotypes, gender bias, and the climate of science and engineering departments in colleges and universities, that continue to block women’s progress in STEM.  Young women's esteem and confidence is being challenged in every arena. 

A study recently conducted by Washington University has revealed that today 11.3 percent of 12- to 17-year-olds have untreated depression, up from 8.7 percent in 2005.  The figures were overwhelmingly high among black females.  Experts warn the simultaneous rise in cyber-bullying is likely a root cause.  

Awaken Her Self-Awareness

MSKSI aspires to mentor young women to not only thrive in their planning for higher education and careers in STEM, but also to build healthy mindsets and practices that will help them sustain the success they achieve in life, in the face of challenges and negative conditions. This is accomplished through Personal Development Intensive Workshops "MSKSI School of Awake." This workshop will include an interactive curriculum to help girls develop the competencies needed to effectively communicate ideas and feelings, develop healthy relationships with self and others, embrace her authentic self, develop mindfulness and a growth mindset and learn strategies for self-care.

MSKSI School of Awake is a key part of the program and all girls who participate in STEAM Mentoring are strongly encouraged to participate in SOA as part of the curriculum for whole girl development.   

Watch the author of the book utilized for our curriculum, "The School of Awake- A Girl's Guide to the Universe" Kidada Jones as interviewed on Oprah's Super Soul Sunday.