TechGYRLS is a youth empowerment program designed to raise girls’ interest, confidence and self-efficacy in the critical areas of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM). The TechGYRLS program will help young girls develop the usage of technological tools, critical thinking and problem-solving skills in any profession they pursue. The program offers students a safe, supportive, girls-only environment for exploration and learning using curriculum comprised of design, animation, programming and robotics.


Where: YWCA Parks Francis Center
Who's Eligible: Girls ages 9 to 14
One-Time Events:

LanzaTech Carbon Smart Kids Project (October 3rd)
Adler Planetarium Zooniverse Project (October 10th)
Career Day (October 17th)
Deloitte Volunteer Tech Project (October 31st)
Photoshop (December 5th & 12th)

Current Session: TechGYRLS Broadcast
Media Production Program - Students will develop their ideas before recording and then take turns conducting interviews with each other, operating camera and then editing the video. Download the flyer for more information.
When: Saturdays, October 24th - November 21st
9:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.
How: Complete the pre-registration form today!
Next Session:

TechGYRLS Pop Up Session & Open House in Logan Square

Contact: For more information about TechGYRLS, contact Shquestra Sitawi at 773.496.5621 or


New research shows that it is imperative to include the Arts in curriculums that were once focused exclusively on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math to help transform the 21st century economy. By adding Art and Design to the equation, STEM becomes STEAM. Visit the following links for more information:

The STEAM Movement: It's About More Than Hot Air!National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture
The Evolution of a Game-Changing Acronym: Why Government Recognition of STEAM is Critical, Arcade 
STEM + A = STEAM, When art meets science, technology, engineering and math, Sesame Street
The Innovation Curriculum: STEM, STEAM Or SEA?, Forbes