DETOUR launched FANCY in STEAM - to engage girls of color to ignite their interest in entering in STEAM career fields.
This initiative was launched to increase the amount of girls of color studying and working in STEAM career fields. According to the San Diego Workforce Partnership, STEAM occupations in San Diego are projected to grow an average of 10% by 2021, adding over 61,000 jobs - paying an average annual salary of $83,000.
Despite this projected growth – girls of color face significant challenges getting into the field including:
a lack of access to specialized education,
cultural stereotypes surrounding the professions,
and a lack of exposure to career pathways out of poverty