Equity and Inclusion Community of Practice with National Girls Collaborative Project and Special Guests

About the National Girls Collaborative Project


The vision of the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) is to bring together organizations throughout the United States that are committed to informing and encouraging girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

The goals of NGCP are to:

  1. Maximize access to shared resources within projects, and with public and private sector organizations and institutions interested in expanding girls’ participation in STEM.
  2. Strengthen capacity of existing and evolving projects by sharing exemplary practice research and program models, outcomes, and products.
  3. Use the leverage of a network and the collaboration of individual girl-serving STEM programs to create the tipping point for gender equity in STEM.

In partnership with STEM Next and other national experts, NGCP developed the Million Girls Moonshot Equity and Inclusion Framework to be a useful guide for supporting programs in this transformation. A framework is a way to illustrate the particular concepts and variables that are connected to a specific issue (e.g. Equity and Inclusion). It can serve as a map, illustrating connections, and a way of identifying strategies and actions for addressing the specific issue(s).

Opportunity is open and currently accepting interest forms.

Description of Opportunity

Participating Network TeamsNetworks identify and recruit a minimum of two, maximum of four, participants to form a team. At least one team member must be from the Network but other members can be a combination of Network staff, partners, program leaders, or practitioners. The Community of Practice will be capped at a total of 30 participants from all 50 State Afterschool Networks.

Community of Practice Sessions – Network Teams attend five, 75 minute sessions over the course of 4 months (June – September) to dive deeper into the Equity and Inclusion Framework, review research and promising practices for equity, and develop an action plan for their Network. 

Coaching Network Teams participate in at least one, one-hour coaching call (or a limited series of check-ins) with NGCP staff to deepen equity and inclusion across the Network.

Commitment from Network

  1. Networks identify a ‘Network Team’ consisting of at least two people to participate in all aspects of the Community of Practice over four months.
  2. Network teams complete a brief survey at the conclusion of the Community of Practice
  3. Network Teams liaise with NGCP and Sabrina Gomez to ensure all aspects of the Booster Pack are met.


Open to all Networks


March 1: Summer Booster Opportunities Launch. Networks identify and recruit Network team members to participate. 

April 16: Networks submit an interest form with Network team members name and contact information.

April 30: Networks Team members are notified by this date and receive additional Community of Practice information, including dates/times.

June – September: Network teams attend five community practice sessions and participate in coaching calls.