Krystine Sipple, Executive Director of Oxford Area Neighborhood Services Center (Chester County, PA) Contributor and Generosity Contributor, highlighted 11th grade STEM Academy student, Lucy Minchoff, as one of the inspiring young leaders making a difference in Chester County. They discussed how TechGirlz influenced her to empower, mentor, and advocate for others. TechGirlz founder, Tracey Welson-Rossman, shares how the board will serve the organization this year and beyond. The full article was originally published on March 23, 2020, as part of Women in Leadership Month on the Generosity blog.
An 11th grade student at the STEM Academy in Downingtown, PA, Minchoff is a member of the inaugural class of GirlGov, a program of the Chester County Fund for Women and Girls.
In addition to Minchoff’s work with GirlGov, she continues to be involved with the nonprofit TechGirlz, that inspires middle school girls to foster a lifelong passion and confidence in their use of technology.
“I participated in TechGirlz throughout middle school,” Minchoff said, “and the program helped me to learn how to ask questions and inspired in me an increased curiosity about how the world works. It made such an impact on how I approach the world that I wanted to give back by mentoring others.”
Last summer, Minchoff attended the HOBY World Leadership Congress, a weekend-long conference designed to empower young people to become future leaders. She also volunteered with TechGirlz, leading three Designing Mobile Apps workshops and volunteering at Girls Take Charge.
During the school year Minchoff helped facilitate the Philly Science Festival and Girls Exploring Tech Together (GETT), was an emcee for the codebreakers event, and assisted with the Rehabilitation Robotics workshop at Penn. Most recently, she was appointed to TechGirlz Teen Advisory Board. These board members serve as advisors and mentors for the middle school girls in the program.
“TechGirlz is forging a continuous path for girls to follow to a career in technology beginning in middle school,” said TechGirlz CEO and founder Tracey Welson-Rossman. “These inspiring girls are committed to continuing and growing their experience in the field as advocates, advisors, and mentors for others within the program.”