A new program in northwestern Indiana hopes to pair mentors with sixth-grade girls interested in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The not-for-profit group Discoveries Unlimited plans to start the program in January with 20 girls from Valparaiso schools.
Cathie Dull is the program's recruitment director. She says women make up 45 percent of the workforce, but only 12 percent of the so-called STEM fields. She says girls don't always know what opportunities are out there for women in science, technology, engineering and math.
Discoveries Unlimited is looking for mentors who have jobs in or are retired from STEM fields. The group will meet with interested students and their parents on Nov. 10.