The Westchester Branch maintains a variety of action groups and community outreach projects, where members’ talents and creativity are utilized to serve the local community. These groups are the grassroots activism that is the excitement and foundation of AAUW.
Our flagship outreach projects are our annual Explore Your Opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Conference for 7th grade girls held at the College of Mount St. Vincent in Riverdale (Bronx), and our $tart $mart pay negotiation workshops held at local colleges and universities to help narrow the gender wage gap. We also organize annual Running and Winning workshops in partnership with the League of Women Voters to encourage high school women to stand for public office. In November 2015, we launched a second annual STEM event with great success, WizGirls: Building the Future, an engineering and technology conference for girls in 4th to 7th grade.
Branch Intern Program
The Internship program is in collaboration with Purchase College SUNY, where their students work part-time at our branch for a semester in public relations and other AAUW-related activities and receive academic credits.
Volunteers mentor college students at local colleges, such as the College of Mount Saint Vincent.
Volunteers collect and distribute items to local groups such as the Bedford Women’s Prison.
Equity in Education
Promotes equitable education for girls and women by addressing sex discrimination and other Title IX issues such as sexual assault on college campuses. Develops closer relationships with local colleges through College/University partnerships.
Gives scholarships and awards to outstanding local students. Female eighth graders receive AAUW certificates for excellence in math and science. Female seniors are awarded for being outstanding students in service to their school, academic ability, and potential for future service to women in the solution of social and civic problems. Female seniors are also awarded for excellence in creative as well as formal writing. Community college graduating women are given scholarships towards their Bachelor’s degrees.
Pay Equity Outreach
Promotes pay equity for women by conducting Start Smart workshops at local colleges and universities. These workshops teach awareness of the gender pay gap, how to determine appropriate salaries for different positions, and help develop pay negotiation skills.
more about Start Smart
pay negotiation brochure
Works with all aspects of the media to get the word out about our dynamic programs and projects. By successfully publicizing our events we are able to increase the impact of our efforts.
Public Policy / Advocacy / Voter Education
Explains AAUW’s role in protecting the rights of women and families and advocates for those positions at the local and state levels. We make a difference by creating awareness and promoting activism. We also work to advance AAUW’s public policy issues through voter education and community outreach.
Running and Winning
In collaboration with the League of Women Voters and YWCA White Plains, the Westchester Branch holds an annual Running and Winning workshop for high school women to encourage them to explore public service as a career. Designed for junior and senior high school women, this one-day workshop brings together students from Westchester with local female elected officials to hear about their experiences in seeking and holding public office.
Tech Savvy Girls
Encourages girls to continue their studies in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to keep all career paths open to them. Tech Savvy Girls’ flagship program is the amazing Explore Your Opportunities–The Sky’s the Limit! Conference, co-sponsored with the College of Mount Saint Vincent and AAUW Empire State Virtual Branch. From fall 2015, we started WizGirls: Building The Future, another annual, hands-on opportunity for 4th-7th grade girls to discover and explore technology and engineering activities taught by local and corporate role models passionate about encouraging girls in STEM. We also held a summer camp called Visualization in Engineering in 2012 to improve spatial visualization and reasoning skills in middle school girls, and to promote engineering as a career option.
EYO conference website
WizGirls: Building the Future