STEM Next Opportunity Fund’s Million Girls Moonshot Initiative Announces First Youth-Led Flight Crew


New Youth Ambassador Program Gives Young STEM Leaders Opportunity to Build Advocacy Skills

Northampton, MA — News Direct — Qualcomm

March 14, 2022 /3BL Media/ — The STEM Next Opportunity Fund’s Million Girls Moonshot today announced its inaugural flight crew class. The Flight Crew is a cohort of young advocates, ages 13-18, who are committed to creating equity for girls in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields by raising youth voices and inspiring their peers and future STEM leaders. The group will support the mission of Million Girls Moonshot, a STEM equity initiative that works with a coalition of partners to engage one million more girls in after-school and summer STEM learning opportunities. 2025.

“With our Million Girls Moonshot, we strongly believe that making youth voices heard is an irrefutable part of creating equity for young girls in STEM. The Flight Crew gives young people a platform to tell their stories and help shape the national conversation on equity in STEM,” said Teresa Drew, Deputy Director of STEM Next and Director of Million Girls Moonshot.

The flight crew members will play a vital role in Moonshot’s advocacy efforts as Youth Ambassadors. Members will participate in six months of virtual programming to hone their leadership and advocacy skills, using their own after-school STEM learning experiences. To learn these skills, the flight crew will provide participants with leadership development opportunities, public speaking experience, resume and interview coaching, access to scholarships and internships, and mentoring relationships. mentoring. Learn more about the 2022 flight crew members here.

“I am so excited to be part of the flight crew. I look forward to learning how to share my story so I can inspire others and show them all that is possible through STEM,” said Amanda Gutierrez , a member of the first flight crew.

The Moonshot will work closely with its implementation partner, the Afterschool Alliance, to lead the flight crew. The Afterschool Alliance has a long history of supporting youth voices and runs its own Youth Ambassador program that helps young people raise their voices and take action on the issues that matter most to them.

“For the Afterschool Alliance, supporting the flight crew aligns with our commitment to prioritizing youth voices. Through the flight crew, we hope to elevate young people as agents of change and advocates for the path to equity for girls in STEM,” said Leah Silverberg, Project Manager and Ambassadors Coordinator of youth at the Afterschool Alliance.

“As sponsors of Million Girls Moonshot, we continue to be amazed at the impact they are having on young women across the country,” said Natalie Dusi, government affairs manager at Qualcomm Incorporated. “The Flight Crew is a great example of how they celebrate youth voices to empower and inspire a more diverse pipeline of future STEM innovators.”

Launched in 2020, the Moonshot is dedicated to reimagining who can design, who can build, and who can manufacture by leveraging time outside of the classroom in after-school and summer STEM learning opportunities. To achieve the ambitious goal of reaching one million girls by 2025, the Moonshot has partnered with the strong 50 State Afterschool Network to empower and support afterschool and summer STEM programs in every state across the country. Even amid pandemic-induced hurdles and virtual learning, the Moonshot effectively reached more than 160,000 girls from 20,990 after-school and summer programs in its first year.

About STEM Next Opportunity FundCreated in the legacy of the Robert D. Noyce Foundation, the STEM Next Opportunity Fund (STEM Next) is dedicated to bringing high-quality STEM learning to millions of young people and closing the gender gap in STEM careers . As a national leader, strategic guide, policy advocate and investor, STEM Next brings a transformative expansion of high-quality and inclusive STEM learning opportunities. By investing early in the lives of our children, we are transforming their lives and preparing them for the 21st century economy. Learn more about Connect with STEM Next on Twitter and LinkedIn. Learn more about the Million Girls Moonshot at and connect on Twitter and Instagram.

Alliance after schoolThe Afterschool Alliance is a non-profit public awareness and advocacy organization that works to ensure that all children and youth have access to quality afterschool programs. More information is available at

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