Dunbar released this statement about the success of the event.” Today was truly an amazing day. I have been moved to tears of joy and gratefulness from the overwhelming amount of support that The STEM GEMS Mentoring Pilot Project has received. Thank you to every parent who allowed their child to come see Hidden Figures and participate in the Lunch and Learn, to every community partner, and every volunteer who made it possible. This is for you all. For the community, for our kids. God gave me the vision and He chose me to lead these girls to the light of self love, empowerment, and realizing that they can do anything they put their minds to!”
#STEMGEMS thanks you all!!!
About The STEM GEMS Mentoring Project:
The STEM GEMS Mentoring Project is a mentoring program founded by Alsie Dunbar and is designed to expose girls in elementary and middle school to science, technology, engineering and math. A native of Gonzales she is an engineer and scientist with over 17 years of experience in the chemical industry.
Dunbar started the program to mentor and serve as a role model for young girls interested in those fields of study because there is an under-representation of women and minorities in those professions. STEM GEMS is designed to help girls develop their talents and interests and has been incorporated at Pecan Grove and Gonzales Primary School with a high rate of success. The STEM GEMS Mentoring Project has mentored over 300 girls in the Ascension Parish area through the program in collaboration with the Ascension Parish School Board. Over the last year, Dunbar has three program participants who have been selected as Student of the Year at their school which supports the effectiveness and success of the program. The students are Jolie Daigle2015-2016 Student of the Year at Pecan Grove, Payton Webster 2016-2017 Student of the Year at Peacn Grove Primary and Lauren Bennett 2016-2017 Student of the Year at Gonzales Middle School.
“It was mentoring that allowed me to be successful,” Dunbar said. “It is about investing in our youth and STEM GEMS is my way to pay it forward.”