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What is 1000 Girls 1000 Futures?

1000 Girls, 1000 Futures is a groundbreaking initiative designed to engage young women interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and advance their pursuit of STEM careers through mentoring and 21st-century skills development.

How does it work?

The New York Academy of Sciences invites young women ages 13-17 around the world to join 1000 Girls 1000 Futures to receive mentorship from female STEM experts, gain access to college readiness and leadership coursework, and network with other girls passionate about STEM!

1000 Girls 1000 Futures empowers young women to learn independently and work collaboratively on Launchpad, the Academy’s unique online learning platform. On Launchpad, students complete the coursework at their own pace and apply their skills to work on different projects with their peers. Mentors are available to guide students throughout the program, from navigating the college application process to setting career goals.

The future of STEM is powered by women.

Women are changing the world of STEM for the better, which is why the Academy is looking for passionate girls like you to learn from women in STEM. Even if you don’t know what your next steps are, our mentor network can help you realize your potentials and achieve your goals.

Why 1000 Girls 1000 Futures?

Give yourself an edge by connecting with professional women who have walked the path and can guide you to excel in STEM!

“My mentor prepared me for college by helping me discover student organizations, research and internship opportunities, and other venues to develop my passion.”

– Audrey L., 1000 Girls 1000 Futures Student



Application Requirement

1000 Girls 1000 Futures participants are enthusiastic learners with a passion for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

  • Age: 13–17 years old.
  • Location: Anywhere in the world.
  • Language: All program content and communication on the platform is in English, and a strong level of English proficiency is required. Students’ English proficiency will be assessed during the application process.
  • Time Commitment: Students will complete the coursework at their own pace and set their schedule to meet with the mentors during the program year from September to June.
  • Cost: None. 1000 Girls 1000 Futures is completely free for participating students.

Application Process

To build a safe and enriching community of young women, we take the application process very seriously. Each year, we receive thousands of applications from all over the world. Every application undergoes a rigorous review to ensure students with the most potential are offered the opportunity to join The Junior Academy.

Key Dates

Application Opens: April 12th, 2021
Application Deadline: July 31st, 2021
Decision Notification will be sent by mid-September 2021

How Do I Apply?

To start and complete the online application, you’ll need to:

  • Provide your background information.
  • Respond to essay questions.


You will be notified of the admission decision by mid-September. To accept the admission offer, you will need to submit a signed Parental Consent Form within a week of notification. Once all the information is verified, an email invitation will be sent to you to join Launchpad.


The application will open April 2021 and the deadline to apply is July 31st, 2021.

If you’re a girl between 13-17 years old, enrolled in high school or the equivalent, and you’re interested in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), then you’re eligible!

The program starts September 2021 and ends June 2022.

That’s not a problem! That’s why meeting mentors can help you discover the path in STEM you want to pursue.

There’s some coursework involved, but it’s meant to prepare you for college and beyond. Plus, you can complete it online, at your own pace, with the guidance of mentors in our network!

1000 Girls, 1000 Futures was designed specifically for young women—it’s tailored to address your particular needs and questions, so that you can overcome any challenge you face and succeed.

You will work to complete challenge modules focused on 21st century skills development. During this time you will learn from mentors in the network who can answer questions and provide you with advice. The program is built with flexibility in mind so that you and your mentors have enough time to work around your busy schedules.

Tell them the New York Academy of Sciences, one of the oldest scientific institutions in the world, is offering a free,  STEM mentorship program for high school girls from around the world. The Academy is committed to helping young women foster their skills and connect with other like-minded women in a safe, friendly, online environment. Tell them you’ll work with female STEM professionals who will guide you on building your skills to prepare you for college and your future career.

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Getting Involved

Women in STEM have the power to transform the career pathways for girls around the world and inspire the next generation of female STEM leaders through mentoring. From September to June, mentors meet with students twice a month to provide guidance and support them in developing 21st-century skills. Mentors are also invited to share their journey and professional experience at expert talks.


“I chose to get involved because I did not have any mentors in the STEM field while I was in high school. When I heard about 1000 Girls, 1000 Futures, one of the first things I thought was that I wished I had this while I was in high school. I wanted to be the mentor that I wished I had.”

— Jacqualyn S., Mentor


What are the qualifications for becoming a mentor?

Qualified mentors for 1000 Girls 1000 Futures are:

  • Self-identified women who are either pursuing a Ph.D. in a STEM-related field OR currently working in a STEM-related field
  • Able to access at least one communication device with internet capabilities
  • Able to communicate clearly in spoken and written English
  • Able to commit to 3-5 hours of program training and participation in the program monthly from September to June
  • Passionate about engaging and inspiring the next generation of young women around the world

Key Dates

Application Opens: April 12th, 2021
Application Deadline: July 31st, 2021
Decision Notification will be sent by mid-September 2021


Selected mentors will be asked to complete a standard background check and 3-5 hours of program training before being invited to join Launchpad, the Academy’s online collaboration platform where 1000 Girls 1000 Futures programming takes place.



The application opens in April, 2021 and the deadline to apply is July 31st, 2021.

The program starts September 2021 and ends June 2022.

The program will ask students to complete challenge modules focused on 21st century skills development. It’s recommended that you connect with students once a week during the module period to help answer questions and provide them with guidance. The program is built with flexibility in mind so that you and the students have enough time to work around your busy schedules.

No problem. We recruit many first-time mentors. That’s why we conduct a quick online orientation before the start of the program so that you know where to begin.

There are pre-built modules for certain months in our online learning platform that your student needs to complete, so you don’t have to assign anything yourself.


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