Mentors

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Mentors Testimonials

Lisa Sanchez

At Kids’ Vision girls learn about different careers and jobs that they can ALL do. There was also a lot of team building exercises. I had an amazing time being able to help young girls build up their confidence and showing them that they can do whatever they set their mind to. I believe the program opens their eyes to new experiences, and builds confidence. They are also able to see firsthand that they can try whatever they want and not be afraid to take risks. If they do fail, they need to try, and try again. Listening to the girls describe the project that we did was amazing. It really instills them at a young age to speak up and I felt that it is going to help them as they get older.  

Cheryl Jennings

I enjoyed seeing the light in their eyes when they figure out they really are smart and capable and can tackle science, technology, engineering and math, when someone cares enough to take the time to make it interesting and fun. The Kids’ Vision program helps girls build self-esteem, confidence and take risks, fail and learn to succeed from those efforts.

Shri Menon

It was such an amazing, humbling and gratifying experience to be part of the Kids’ Vision program yesterday. The work that Kids’ Vision does by exposing girls to STEM careers, imbibing the growth mindset at the right age is commendable. Today, I feel blessed to be at Google as a woman engineer and having so many opportunities at a company that fosters people of all genders, races, and ethnic groups. I was fortunate to have strong role models and supportive parents who encouraged me early on.

Marina Bichoffe

Thank you so much for this incredible opportunity to mentor these amazing, strong and intelligent girls!  During the Kids’ Vision program the girls learned how to use design thinking to solve ‘wicked‘ problems; in specific, how to create a low-cost replacement for incubators that could save premature babies lives. They learned how their mentors developed a growth mindset and how they can develop their own; and they learned a little bit more about the job their mentors do. This was an incredibly joyful experience for me because this was an opportunity to do what I’m really passionate about, which is to empower women so they can be strong enough to overcome all the barriers that society imposes on them, hindering them from being their best selves. These girls are at the age when the confidence gap between girls and boys starts to widen; and if there’s anything I can do to inspire confidence in these girls, I would do it. During the Kids’ Vision program girls improve their self-confidence, leadership, and communication skills. They also learned a new way to tackle difficult problems through design thinking.

The importance of mentors

Stanford Professor Carol Dweck’s research shows that a growth mindset leads to higher academic achievement. Kids learn how to behave by imitating others. During our workshop girls learn how their role models developed their growth mindset.

Our mentors are women who work in the high tech industry (except for the Women for Girls’ Day event where profesional successful women come also from other industries). We also encourage the participation of men who work in high tech.  We help our mentors use mentoring relationships strategically to help girls to: (1) learn about the STEM careers their mentors have. Mentors give mentees a glimpse of who they might become when they are an adult in the future; (2) learn about the skills needed to study STEM careers. Mentors help kids view themselves as someone whose potential is not set in stone; (3) drop the stereotypes they have about women in STEM; (3) change the idea that STEM is boring or too hard for them.

Women for Girls Day

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The Women for Girls Day and Award was created by Kids’ Vision to celebrate women empowering other women in our community. Women who care for young girls empowerment, and who have a track record of work to make this possible. On 2017 the award was given to two incredible women: Cheryl Jennings and Fabiola Kramsky. Two professional women who have been leaders of news media for many years.