10,000 Girls - Trinidad
Empowerment Tour - Caribbean
Our 10,000 Girls is an initiative that seeks to empower young women through out the Caribbean to see their greatness and to know that there is no limit to what they can achieve.
The tour uses the story of "Hidden Figures" and Dr. Alleyne's own journey as a Trinidad-born rocket engineer and NASA "Modern Figure" to motivate, inspire and empower a minimum of 10,000 girls in at least 15 countries throughout the Caribbean.
”Hidden Figures” is the untold true story of the brilliant African-American women mathematicians that NASA hired in the late 1950’s. These women were instrumental in calculating the flight trajectories that made the mission of the first American to orbit the Earth – John Glenn – successful.
The 10,000 Girls project was launched in Trinidad in March 2017 in partnership with Royal Bank of Canada (RBC). The Foundation and RBC hosted ~ 400 girls from their RBC's Young Leaders Program. The students came from all across Trinidad and from Tobago.
After the screening of the movie the girls were then encouraged to ask questions of the panel including Dr. Alleyne; local scientist and University of the West Indies (UWI) professor, Dr. Valerie Bowrin; RBC Area Vice President, Gretchen Camacho Mohammed and local STEM college student, Ms. Kadeisha Edwards who is obtaining her first degree in Mechanical Engineering from UWI - St. Augustine.
The rest of the tour will comprise of the following:
PART ONE - Screening of "Hidden Figures" for 1,500 female secondary-school aged students in each country
PART TWO – Interactive engagement between the girls, local female STEM models and Dr. Camille Wardrop Alleyne
St. George's Grenada
Castries, St. Lucia
St. Johns, Antigua
Castries, St. Kitts
The Valley, Anguilla
French Sint Martin