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KEYs - Keys to Empowering Youth

Fall 2014 Registration!


The dates for MIT's Fall 2014 KEYS program have been set! Sessions will be held on September 27th, October 18th, November 8th, and December 6th from 10 am to 3 pm. Sign up is now open on a first come, first serve basis.

To sign up, make sure to fill out both our application and publicity release.

For a bit of background on our program: "Do you want to do fun experiments? Build things? Meet women who design and invent? If you are a middle school girl, come to our KEYs sessions to learn about the exciting areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) through fun, hands-on activities and engineering challenges. Visit MIT labs! Make new friends! Work Together! Have FUN learning!"
Looking forward to seeing everyone for another amazing semester of KEYS!

This fall, KEYS will be holding sessions on the following Saturdays:

September 27th
October 18th
November 8th
December 6th

Registration is now open for Fall 2014


Sign up is now open on a first come, first serve basis. Looking forward to seeing everyone for another amazing semester of KEYS!


Fall 2014 Registration Form





Fall 2014 Publicity Release





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If you have any questions, please email KEYs Coordinators Ceili Burdhimo, Kiara Cui, and Rebecca Gallivan.



What is KEYS?

KEYs is a motivational program that brings 11-13 year old girls together with MIT women students to participate in workshops held periodically throughout the year. The goal of KEYs is to empower young women by promoting their self-confidence, increasing their self-esteem, and unveiling opportunities for their potential career paths. Girls are encouraged to take a closer look at science and its impact on society. Workshops such as "Moving Beyond Stereotypes," "Women's Health and Medicine," and "The Environment and You," are designed to excite girls about science and inspire them to think about their lives in new ways. By showing girls what possibilities exist in their own lives, KEYs strives to help them develop their own goals and dreams.

Girls ages 11-13 are at the center of a critical educational dilemma in the United States. Educational bias, gender-based preconceptions, and stereotypes leave girls with diminished self-esteem and a compromised educational foundation. In response to this phenomenon KEYs was initiated at MIT in 1993, working toward the following goals:

  • Promoting self-confidence
  • Increasing self-esteem
  • Unveiling opportunities for potential career paths
  • Promoting interest in science, particularly among ethnic minorities/under-served girls
  • Providing positive role models
  • Encouraging direct action
  • Overcoming negative stereotypes