NexGeneGirls delivers a unique program incorporating rigorous hands-on learning, leadership development and career mentoring for high school females of color from historically excluded communities in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Women leaders, STEM professionals, and NexGeneGirl alumni mentor and inspire NexGeneGirl participants to pursue STEM careers, affirming our vision to develop and empower the next generation of diverse women science leaders.

We support our participants’ dreams of breaking the cycle of exclusion and changing perceptions to create a culture of opportunity for young women of color.


Since its beginning as an after-school program in 2011, NexGeneGirls has engaged over 1400 females of color, from elementary-school students to women professionals

The NexGeneGirls Program consists of:

NexGeneGirls Spring Bootcamp – 2 Saturdays in spring to prepare participants for summer internships

NexGeneGirls Summer Science Academy – 8-week program consisting of:

  • Research Internship in a Bay Area industry or academic lab: NexGeneGirl interns work closely with an industry mentor on a science project, which they present at the NexGeneGirls Summer Celebration in August.
  • Leadership Development and College Prep: Workshops and networking events to help NexGeneGirl participants explore various careers in science and access helpful career navigation tools, such as resume-building, financial literacy, and more. NexGeneGirls also participate in college mentoring sessions with undergraduate women of color to help them prepare their academic portfolio.
  • Community Science: NexGeneGirls lead fun hands-on science labs for elementary- and middle-school students of color to expose them to science

The NexGeneGirls Science Sisterhood continues throughout the school year and beyond to support NexGeneGirls in exploring and defining their educational and career goals.


The 2022 NexGeneGirls Program takes place

from June 13 – August 5, 2022

Please contact [email protected] to learn more about the program.

Thank You NexGeneGirls Sponsors!

Leadership Sponsors

Catalyst Sponsors

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Become a NexGeneGirls sponsor! View current sponsorship opportunities here.

This program is part of the California Life Sciences’ Racial and Social Equity Initiative, a unified effort to do more for the historically excluded Black, Indigenous and other People of Color (BIPOC) populations in California. #WeCommitToChange.