The Issaquah branch is involved in activities that support the mission and goals of AAUW. At the local level, many of our projects are focused on education, especially in engaging girls in the aresa of science, engineering, technology and mathematics.
We also are engaged at the local, state and national level to shape public policy in alignment with the goals for the national organization.
Listed below are some of the activities we are involved in.
Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) is a program for middle school and high school girls to encourage their interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (commonly referred to as the STEM disciplines). The Issaquah branch works with the Lake Washington (Bellevue) and Kirkland-Redmond branches to present programs at Bellevue College each spring. Invitations are sent to middle schools and high schools on the Eastside. Separate programs are held for the two age groups. The Issaquah branch takes a leadership role in planning and providing volunteers for the middle school program.
For more information on what EYH is and how we make the conferences happen, click here.
Information on registering girls for the middle school conference at Bellevue College can be found at http://www.eyhbccmiddleschool.com
Each year the Issaquah branch recognizes girls from the Issaquah School District high schools for their achievements in the STEM disciplines. The girls are chosen based on recommendations from the staff at the high schools. Recognition is given for three categories, science, technology and mathematics, at each school.
For more information on our High School Recognition Program, click here.
Money is raised for scholarships by our branch through our Marathon Bridge group, which plays round-robin bridge during the school year. Scholarships are granted each spring to women students at Bellevue College who are pursuing degrees in science and/or technology. The scholarship is granted through the Bellevue College Foundation. Interested applicants should apply through the Bellevue College Foundation web site at http://bellevuecollege.edu/foundation/scholarships/
Tech Trek is a one week summer live-in program for middle school girls, emphasizing science, technology, engineering and mathematics. AAUW branches around Washington raise money and select candidates to attend the session.
For more information on Tech Trek and how our branch is supporting it, click here.
Our members are involved in the political process supporting the mission of AAUW. We have sponsored candidate forums, lobbied the state legislature and our congressional representatives and senators. We actively support other organizations that share our mission and goals.
For more information our Public Policy activities, click here.