Jr.Tech, Inc. awarded $70,000 multi-year grant for the Massachusetts Girls STEM Summit-Statewide to inspire girls to pursue STEM fields and close the gender gap in STEM.

November 21, 2019
Press Release – Immediate Release:
Contact: Phyllis Russell / 774-994-2097


Massachusetts – Jr. Tech, Inc. has received a $70,000 multi-year grant from The Akamai Foundation, the corporate philanthropy entity of Akamai Technologies to inspire the next generation of female STEM professionals and to close the gender gap in STEM.  The Akamai Foundation has provided support as the Lead Sponsor for the next three Massachusetts Girls STEM Summit-Statewide events including the 2020 Summit on Sunday, April 5, 2020, and again in 2021 and 2022. The Akamai Foundation is a private corporate foundation dedicated to excellence in mathematics, with the aim of promoting math’s importance and encouraging America’s next generation of technology innovators.

The Girls STEM Summit-Statewide is the premiere program serving 300 high school girls in grades 8–12 interested in pursuing STEM career paths. Girls STEM Summit-Statewide features hands-on learning during career sessions, a keynote talk by a highly accomplished female STEM leader, and female STEM professionals working as role models and showcasing STEM fields.

Goals for Girls STEM Summit-Statewide include:

  • Impact and bridge the gap between girls’ passion for the topics and helping them find their way to successful STEM careers.
  • Inspire girls to pursue STEM fields.
  • Fill an important gender gap in STEM jobs today and into the future.
  • Present topics and learning sessions in a way that makes STEM topics interesting, relevant to career paths, and approachable.
  • Provide hands-on career sessions highlighting a variety of STEM industries.

“The Akamai Foundation is proud to join Jr. Tech in bringing immersive learning experiences to over 1,000 young women across Massachusetts from now through 2022, “ shared Kara DiGiacomo, Executive Director of the Akamai Foundation.  “Additionally, Akamai employees, are thrilled to share their education and career pathways so the next generation of young women can envision and shape their own future with a STEM degree or career.”

Phyllis Russell, Executive Director of Jr.Tech, states, “High school girls are craving more connection with STEM minded peers and seeking knowledge about STEM career paths. This support enables us to continue to inspire girls and maintain the momentum of building this successful model.”

Details for the 2020 Massachusetts Girls STEM Summit-Statewide:
Sunday, April 5, 2020 / 8:00 am – 4 pm / Fee: $70 / Located at Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, MA / Registration for individuals and school groups at juniortech.org/2020-girls-stem-summit-statewide/



About Jr.Tech, Inc.
Jr.Tech’s mission is to engage 4th–12th grade students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). We broaden students’ awareness of career paths in STEM, increase skills, and encourage a lifelong interest.

About Akamai
Akamai secures and delivers digital experiences for the world’s largest companies. Akamai’s intelligent edge platform surrounds everything, from the enterprise to the cloud, so customers and their businesses can be fast, smart, and secure. Top brands globally rely on Akamai to help them realize competitive advantage through agile solutions that extend the power of their multi-cloud architectures. Akamai keeps decisions, apps and experiences closer to users than anyone — and attacks and threats far away. Akamai’s portfolio of edge security, web and mobile performance, enterprise access and video delivery solutions is supported by unmatched customer service, analytics and 24/7/365 monitoring. To learn why the world’s top brands trust Akamai, visit www.akamai.comblogs.akamai.com, or

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