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The Indiana Afterschool Network is proud to be a part of the Million Girls Moonshot initiative, working to inspire and prepare the next generation of innovators by engaging one million more girls in STEM learning opportunities through afterschool and summer programs over the next five years. The Million Girls Moonshot will not only allow girls to envision themselves as future innovators, but it will increase the quality of out-of-school STEM learning opportunities for all young people, particularly underserved and underrepresented youth.

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About the Million Girls Moonshot

The Moonshot is designed to spur girls’ interest, understanding, and confidence in STEM and equip them to become problem solvers with an engineering mindset. Led nationally by the STEM Next Opportunity Fund and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation in partnership with the Intel Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Million Girls Moonshot:

  • Leverages afterschool networks in all 50 states to help school-age girls access high-quality STEM education, support, and mentors.
  • Uses an equity and inclusion framework that is youth-centric and culturally responsive to increase gender, racial, and socio-economic diversity in STEM.
  • Provides resources, support, mentorship, and expert guidance to help educators deliver hands-on STEM experiences in afterschool, out-of-school time, and summer learning programs.

STEM Next Million Girls Moonshot Toolkit

The Million Girls Moonshot provides a collection of resources and tools for partners and programs to utilize when participating in the Million Girls Moonshot Initiative. All transformative practice resources have been vetted using a culturally-responsive and equity lens to foster inclusive STEM learning spaces for all youth, particularly girls.

Click Here to access the Million Girls Moonshot Toolkit to get started!

Million Girls Moonshot 2023-2024 Regional Leadership Project

The Indiana Afterschool Network, in partnership with Million Girls Moonshot, is looking to identify 6 out-of-school time STEM programs to operate as Regional Leaders, setting an example of high-quality STEM programming across Indiana and supporting other STEM programs in their efforts to begin, strengthen, and/or deepen their STEM practices. These 6 leaders will receive a stipend worth $3,000, benefits valued at $300+, and up to $500 in regional project support.

From October 2023 to August 2024, the Regional Leaders will deepen their own STEM practices through professional development with Million Girls Moonshot implementation partners and IAN. They will network with peers across the state, supporting regional STEM programs through modeling and mentoring best practices. As a result, these 6 Leaders will receive recognition at the state and national level for their efforts.

Apply to be a Regional Leader
Please download the application materials and return your answers to the application questions to Andrea Gerig via email by October 6, 2023.

Interested in working with a Regional Leader as a mentee?
Please reach out to Andrea Gerig – you will have the opportunity to be matched with a regional leader as early as October 2023.


Contact our Associate Director of Engagement and STEM Specialist, Andrea Gerig at