DC Summit promotes girls’ interest in transportation
Today, a number of young girls will convene in Washington, DC for the fourth annual Transportation YOU DC Youth Summit. Transportation YOU is an interactive mentoring program that offers young girls ages 13-18 an introduction to the transportation industry. The program is designed to guide girls into Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields while ultimately providing them with a career in transportation.
Led by their high-profile mentors, these young women are given a full itinerary to explore how the transportation industry works at the federal level. Activities vary from touring the US Department of Transportation, White House, Dulles Airport and the DC Metro to attending congressional panels, discussing various career paths in the industry and participating in engineering challenges. They will also have the opportunity to meet Anthony Foxx, the Secretary of Transportation. The girls will learn about college opportunities, career planning and leadership development.
Transportation YOU was created in 2010 in a joint effort between the USDOT and WTS International. Since its inception, membership has increased to nearly 5,000 members in 48 regional chapters. Besides being given the opportunities to network with successful women in the field of transportation, members are challenged with field tasks and strategy sessions to give them an understanding of how their education relates to the real world.
If you know a girl between the ages of 13-18 thinking about a career in engineering or transportation, I encourage you to look into the DC Youth Summit opportunity. Each local chapter will allocate funds to send a student and her mentor on the trip. Contact your local chapter to find out more information about next year’s DC Youth Summit.
I also invite all transportation professionals to get involved with your local WTS chapter. This organization helps make a difference in the lives of these young girls by encouraging them to take courses in math, science and technology to later pursue careers in transportation.
About the Author
Tiffany Elchert specializes in project management and roadway design. She has been actively involved in the Columbus, Ohio chapter of the Women’s Transportation Seminar for several years and is currently serving on the board as the Membership Director. She is also a part of the Transportation YOU scholarship and program committees.
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