Youth pods are local chapters of 500 Women Scientists for girls/women in Elementary, Junior High, or High School. Every youth pod is associated with a school and has an adult sponsor at that school (usually a teacher).
Questions? Check out our FAQ section below! And feel free to email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any other questions, concerns, or ideas! We would love to hear from you.
What is a pod?
Pods are local 500 Women Scientists chapters
We name our chapters “pods” as a nod to whale pods, signifying good teamwork and collaboration.
Anyone can join a local pod or can start one if it doesn’t exist in their local community.
What is a youth pod?
Youth pods are local chapters of 500 Women Scientists for girls/women in Elementary, Junior High, or High School. Every youth pod is associated with a school and has an adult sponsor (usually a teacher).
How do I find a pod in my area?
Fill out the Youth Pods survey on this page. 500 Women Scientists will then reach out to you and help you get connected with a local youth pod. If there are no youth pods in your area, we will provide the necessary tools for you to start a youth pod!
What do I need to start a youth pod?
An adult sponsor (an adult that works for the school where the youth pod is established, can be a teacher or administrator).
An institutional email address for the sponsor.
Passion for science, leadership skills, and volunteer time to plan activities and events.
Follow the link above and fill out the sign-up form. The 500 Women Scientists youth organizing team will get an automatic email notification and follow up within a week to begin the process of starting the new youth pod.
Questions? Email us at: email@example.com and we will help get your new youth pod setup.
What happens after I graduate?
Hopefully, you’ll have other people in your pod that will be willing to help your teacher-sponsor plan events for the next few years. If not, the teacher sponsor is fully responsible for the youth pod until they find/designate a new student to help plan events. If no one is interested in running the pod, it will go on hiatus until more students are interested again.
What are some activities other youth pods are doing?
Youth pods organize activities that help students explore STEM careers, work on equity and justice together, and develop broader outreach events.
Ex: Boulder CO Youth Pod organized a speed mentoring event with the local 500 Women Scientists pod
Ex: Speakers for classes
Ex: Interviewing local scientists
Ex: Organizing specific presentations in local libraries
As long as the activities fall within the mission of 500WS, youth pods can organize whatever event(s) would be beneficial!
How do I connect with an adult pod?
Check the 500 Women Scientists Pods page to see if there is already a local pod in your community. If so, reach out to one of the pod coordinators and see if they will collaborate (we can help you get connected).
If there is no active 500 Women Scientists pod in your community, email us firstname.lastname@example.org and we can help find some connections in your area.
Feel free to ask local biotechs, college professors/graduate students/undergraduate students, … to see if they will volunteer their time.
Always feel free to email us (email@example.com) with any questions, concerns, or ideas! We would love to hear from you.