The City of Mount Vernon Youth Bureau through the Westchester Workforce Development Academy for Youth (WWDAY) Program and in partnership with the Mount Vernon City Schools District, will host its 3rd Annual “Ladies First” in STEM Women’s Conference on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at Nellie Thornton High School.
This annual event allows guests ranging from female doctors to construction workers to engage high school students in meaningful discussions regarding women and careers in the growing fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. “It’s encouraging to see our young women seeking information on sometimes nontraditional career options,” said Mayor Ernest D, Davis.
Keynote speaker will be Courtney Williams, a Biological Engineer from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. Previous years have included keynote speakers such as NBC’s Meteorologist Janice Huff, and local OBGYN Dr. Guilaine Agnant. DaMia Harris, Executive Director, stated “the WWDAY Ladies First in STEM” Conference was created to help students understand the value and relevance of science, technology, engineering, and math. Particularly, by exposing our girls to successful women who have excelled in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, we are demonstrating that STEM careers can be fun and lucrative. We need our youth to be apprised of the possibilities and not be daunted by the challenge to excel in these areas.”
The WWDAY Program is funded through a grant from the Westchester County Office of the Workforce Investment/Westchester Putnam Workforce Investment Board and has been made possible through a partnership between the City of Mount Vernon Youth Bureau, the Westchester County Executive’s Office and the Mount Vernon City School District.
For further information on the WWDAY Program, please contact Victoria Vanderberg of the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau at (914)665-2344. Visit the Youth Bureau at www.youth.cmvny.com. You can also follow the Youth Bureau on Twitter @MVyouthbureau or Facebook.com/MVyouthbureau.