Mount Vernon Youth Bureau Host 6th Annual WDAY Ladies First in STEM Program
In observance of Women’s History Month, the City of Mount Vernon Youth Bureau through its Workforce Development Academy for Youth (WDAY) and MV STRONG programs hosted its 6th Annual “Ladies First” in STEM Conference on Thursday, March 31, at the Westchester Community College-Mount Vernon Extension Center. 100 Mount Vernon High School and Thornton High School students were selected to attend a panel discussion and lunch, which was designed to introduce young women to careers in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math disciplines and to encourage students to pursue high growth industry jobs post high school. Over the past six years, panelists for the program have included architects, biologist, doctors, agriculturalists, graphic designers, meteorologist, engineers, chemist and researchers.
The Mount Vernon Youth Bureau partnered with the Mount Vernon City School District, the Westchester County Workforce Investment’s WDAY Program and the Westchester Community College to address the under representation of females within the STEM industry. This year’s keynote speaker, Dr. Pauline Mosley, Professor of Information Technology in the School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University sent a clear message that there is much opportunity for females who become STEM degree holders. Dr. Mosley trained Fortune 500 executives and personnel in a myriad of software applications. She developed computer training manuals for Texaco, Pepsi, The Port Authority and McCraw-Hill and was influential in establishing PC and mainframe user-support help desks for Dannon, NYNEX, and Brooklyn Union Gas.
The dynamic panel included Deb Henneberry, a Commercial Pilot and Professor at Vaughn College, and Stephanie Vanderpool, the first African American Assessor in New York State. Hanneberry and Vanderpool described their experiences within male dominated professions. Dr. Monica Scantlebury a Physician at Centerlight Healthcare and Montefiore Medical Center and Lillian Kayizzi a Engineer at Nobel Biocare offered words of encouragement to students who question whether or not they posses the fortitude to complete rigorous college math and science courses. The conference highlighted the work of recent Mount Vernon High School graduates, Sherron Andrews, a Laboratory Manager at Mount Sinai West Hospital, and Ms. Christina Nash, a manager at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Mayor Thomas stated, “Our city is home to phenomenal women in all industries, especially in STEM. We will continue to support the efforts of the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau to focus on STEM and other programs that empower our ladies to break barriers.” “We are proud of the contributions of women in the area of STEM and the city is humbled by the fact that so many dynamic, powerful women continue to find the time to reach back to support our vision of preparing young women for the high demands of the global workforce, stated DaMia Harris-Madden, Executive Director.
The Ladies First in STEM Conference was funded in part by the Westchester Putnam Workforce Development Board-WDAY Program, and the City of Mount Vernon Youth Bureau- Mount Vernon STRONG Program.
For further information, please contact Dominique Smith of the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau at (914)665-2344 or visit the Youth Bureau at youth.cmvny.com. You can also rthem on Twitter @MVyouthbureau or Facebook.com/MVyouthbureau.
Students listening to a speaker during the STEM conference