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Project Name:Access for Young Women
Project Contact: Susan Matloff-Nieves, (718) 592-5757
Mailing Address: Queens Community House
Youth Services
108-25 62nd Drive
Forest Hills, NY 11375

Queens Community House (QCH) is a not-for-profit settlement house serving the Borough (County) of Queens in New York City. We are requesting a grant for our model gender equity program, Access for Young Women (AFYW). AFYW will enable 60 secondary school low-income immigrant young women, who are at risk for non-completion of high school, to achieve proficiency in mathematics and science as measured by the New York State Regents' Examinations. The participants and comparison group will be students at a small alternative high school founded this year by QCH for students who are at least a year behind in high school credit accumulation and from a large high school where we conduct supportive services to students at risk of dropping out due to attendance. AFYW will engage the young women as leaders and advocates for gender equity, while providing academic and social supports.

The year-round program will operate at the schools. The young women will:
  • Conduct research on gender equity and education issues;
  • Address stress and social barriers to women's achievement;
  • Apply mathematical and scientific principles to real-life problems;
  • Explore careers and college programs with particular emphasis on math and science;
  • Study math and science content with teachers and tutors during after school hours;
  • Address underlying causes of bias and inequity in education through presentations and other public events, including a full-day conference on gender equity and education issues;
  • Work with female role models and mentors that are representative of their racial and ethnic background and immigrant status;
  • Maintain a web page with information for other young women; and
  • Work collaboratively with other youth-focused organization doing gender-based and equity work in New York City.
Goals for the project which will be measured through quantitative and qualitative evaluation, including performance on the state-mandated Regents' Examinations are:
  • Increased understanding of gender bias and gender equity among participants;
  • Proficiency in NYS Performance Standard #7 for Mathematics, Science and Technology (MST): applying the knowledge and thinking skills of MST to address real-life problems and make informed decisions;
  • Disseminate information about gender bias in education and careers and obstacles to science and mathematics achievement to a broad audience;
  • Share information and resources on gender equity programming and strategies for promoting girls' proficiency in mathematics and science; and
  • Promote proficiency of low-income immigrant youth women who are at risk of high school non-completion in mathematics and science.

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