Young Women’s STEM Leadership Initiative

Young Women’s STEM Leadership Initiative

Building STEM Leaders

The Museum’s Young Women’s STEM Leadership Initiative (YWSLI) provides educational opportunities that stimulate interest in STEM studies and lead to careers in STEM fields. The initiative targets under-resourced young women in middle and high school.

What YWSLI Does

  • Broadens awareness of STEM through the introduction to aviation and space
  • Provides STEM education through field trips to the Museum, onsite and outreach programming, SPOC planetarium programming, spring break camp, field trips during Engineers week, summer camp, and special presentations by industry professionals and leaders
  • Strengthens leadership skills and builds confidence through spring break and summer internships as well as museum volunteer opportunities for high school students
  • Exposure to career pathways through FOFM Engineers week, spring break camp, and presentations by industry professionals
  • Develops long-term school and community partnerships

Youth Volunteer/Paid Internship Program

Launched in fall 2015, the Museum’s Youth Volunteer Program enables young women to develop their leadership and mentoring skills while building confidence and self-esteem. Students may begin the four-tier program in the 9th grade and upon reaching the fourth tier become eligible for paid internships during spring break and summer.

YWSLI Impact on Young Women

“Hi! My name is Luisa. I’ve worked at every Museum event since the YWSLI Youth Volunteer program began in 2015. Maybe you’ve seen me demonstrating an activity with my fellow Museum Youth Volunteers. Being at the Museum has given me the opportunity to learn and experience some careers by doing rather than watching. Learning through books in a class setting is one thing but being able to experience the our solar system in the Museum’s planetarium, SPOC, will definitely inspire and spark curiosity in everyone that steps inside it.

“Hi! My name is Angie and I have been part of YWSLI since 2014. My participation has reinforced and strengthened my interest in STEM. I interned at the Museum in 2017. I’ve been able to actively engage and observe the camp children participating in summer science activities using leadership skills and serving as a positive role model to motivate children to keep dreaming, imagining, and loving science. I currently attend the University of North Texas and aim majoring in Biology. My continued experience will help me decide what area of STEM I will focus on for in my career. 

MWM-TX Award


  • Dr. Kathryn Hughes, Martin-Baker Aircraft Company
  • Alicia Calef, Raytheon GM
  • Libby Cotner, first female pilot for the Dallas Police Department
  • Walt Cunningham, Apollo VII astronaut
  • Brian Duffy, STS astronaut
  • Marianne Dyson, NASA Flight Controller
  • Fred Haise, Apollo 13 astronaut
  • Dr. Janet Kavandi, STS astronaut
  • Jerry Woodfill, Apollo 11 & 13 Engineer
  • Dr. Christine Darden, Aerospace Engineer, former NASA senior executive and featured in the book “Hidden Figures”

Special Events

  • Flagship Detroit DC-3 Flight
  • GPISD’s STEM Night
  • GPISD Science Fair
  • Moon Day
  • Santa Day
  • Girls in Aviation Day
  • Step up to STEM Spring Break Camp
  • Women in STEM Luncheon
  • Veterans Day Parade

Partner Schools & Organizations

  • Grand Prairie Young Women’s Leadership Academy at Arnold
  • Young Women’s STEAM Academy at Balch Springs Middle School

Partner Corporations & Foundations

  • The Boeing Company
  • Exxon Mobil Corporation
  • Fluor
  • Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
  • Fannie and Stephen Kahn Foundation
  • Kozmetsky Foundation
  • W. P. and Bulah Luse Foundation
  • PPG Aerospace and PPG Industries Foundation
  • Rackspace
  • Raytheon
  • Rockwell Collins Charitable Corporation
  • The Rosewood Foundation
  • United-Way of Metropolitan Dallas

To learn more about the Young Women’s STEM Leadership Initiative contact Rosalie Wade, Manager of School Programs, Frontiers of Flight Museum at (214)-699-4619 or email.

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