Our Vision

Self-eSTEM’s vision is to create a sustainable supply of underrepresented minority women leaders who are recognized as a viable source of top talent and innovation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

We are changing the face and culture of STEM innovation!

Our Mission

Self-eSTEM builds the self-esteem of girls and young women from untapped communities, while providing interactive, culturally responsive STEM literacy, leadership, and technical training to leverage STEM as a foundation for social and economic growth.

Beyond the confines of traditional STEM roles and opportunities that exist today, our organization focuses on building the skills, confidence, and resilience needed for the STEM workforce of the future.

We are building and diversifying the next generation of STEM innovators and entrepreneurs to disrupt the world and the STEM field!



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“Fighting racial and gender injustices is a multi-faceted approach, and our fight is within the STEM industry.”
– Adamaka Ajaelo, Founding Executive Director


We Are Scientists Pin

This pin symbolizes how representation is critical for scientific progress. Engaging with scientists of different social and political identities pushes the field to ask different questions, leading to new insights that help us better understand ourselves and each other.

40% of all proceeds of our We Are Scientists pin will be donated to Self-eSTEM – an incredible organization not only dedicated to sparking STEM curiosity in young girls, but also empowering them to use their unique perspectives and be leaders in STEM fields.


Our Philosophy

We seek to eliminate the critical shortage gap of STEM professionals by building diverse, inclusive, equitable and sustainable workforce pipelines comprised of underrepresented minority women. By attracting, training, and retaining girls (ages 7 – 17) and young women (ages 18 – 25) from untapped communities, we create thriving learning environments where individuals have access to STEM educational and career pathways. Participants in our programs will develop the critical and systems thinking skills needed to meet the demands of the future workforce.

We leverage an integrated approach to provide support from early education to post-secondary education, and post-secondary to early career. Our learning approach and curriculum design incorporates Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core State Standards (CCSS), but is distinctive from the traditional classroom learning style. We leverage design thinking principles to develop innovative curriculum that demystifies STEM concepts by making it applicable to participants’ interest or daily experiences, and allowing them to feel safe to learn.

Our program service offerings apply a holistic approach, focusing on building STEM literacy skills, self-esteem and resiliency for success in life and within the STEM workforce pipeline.

All of our program service offerings are FREE!



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