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Go Girl, Go for IT - run by Vic ICT for Women
Team - who worked on the project/initaitve
We have a huge team of wonderful volunteers. With 6 stream leads who report into the Steering Committee, the number of volunteers within each stream fluctuates based on demand and based on volunteer time availabilty. We are realistic about the life committments of our volunteers, so have a model where we have a static Stream Lead and 2IC, and the number of volunteers within the streams will fluxuate. On average however, we have approximately 50-60 volunteers working on Go Girl now, leading up to the big day.
Go Girl, Go for IT (or if you want a name, it is Fi Slaven)
Fi Slaven is the Director of Go Girl, Go for IT
Overview - Provide a summary to introduce the project or initiative
The Go Girl, Go for IT program is the only careers showcase in the world which is free for girls to attend. We work tirelessly to receive sponsorship and funding from government and organisations and we use this money, amongst other things, to pay for the busses to collect the girls from their schools and bring them to Go Girl, Go for IT. We do not geographically discriminate and believe girls from all parts of Victoria should be able to attend. Rural schools are strongly encouraged and we have a high representation of schools from outside of Melbourne.
The objective of Go Girl, Go for IT is to inspire and excite the girls, showcasing a range of different career options within IT by demonstrating the kinds of both necessary and cool things we do in IT. Coding is awesome, but it's not just about coding. A career in IT looks like lots of different things!
The day is broken up into 6 different categories, and the girls and broken up into four streams, in which they will enjoy a range of experiences either hand-on experimentation, or hearing from someone inspirational that they can relate to about their personal journey.
There is an opportunity for the girls to chill out and browse around out trade hall where they get personalised attention from one of our many sponsors stalls.
How would you say diversity is embraced within your organisation or sector? Are there diversity initiatives in place or are diversity approaches new to your sector?
We make sure our steering committee is gender, age, culturaly and disability diverse to ensure we have the voice of everybody is heard. We practice what we preach and even though it's about getting girls into the pipeline to consider a career in IT, we want men on our steering committee to ensure we get the benefits that gender diversity brings.
Detail the approach that was taken to implement the project or initiative, what actions were taken and why?
We have changed our approach this year and approached both primary schools as well as high schools. We know that social and educational grooming starts from a young age, and for this reason we have reached out to primary schools and invited girls in years 5 and 6 for the first year as an experiment. We've had huge interest which is proving so far to be a great pivot within our target audience.
Generally however, our approach is two pronged. We write to schools and encourage them to sign up, and we approach government and organisations and ask them to provide funding.
Demonstrate the leadership shown in driving the initiative and fostering behavioural and organisational change.
Fi Slaven works relentlessly and tirelessly to ensure that no girl misses out. Fi's constantly working at getting support and funding for this program, and drives the steering committee to remain inclusive and focus on making this a day that will excite and inspire the GIRLS. it's not about the corporates, it's about the girls.
Was there organisational/industry or other resistance to the initiative? If so, detail the actions taken to overcome resistance to the project or initiative.
yes. we have some schools, particularly private schools, saying their girls wont be learning IT; they'll be learning pony riding and things of culture.
We've also had many challenges to overcome with both government and sponsor not seeing ROI for their sponsorship payment
Detail the follow up or response to the project or initiative by the organisation /industry /sector. For example has it been extended for a further year, or has the scope been expanded?
we run the program bi-annually. however are exploring innovative ways we can help increase the pipeline during other times. we partner with other organisations who have the same mission, because, we see them not as competition but as allies fighting the same fight.
Please provide 2 references being the beneficiaries or people that experienced the change (as a result of the initiative). Details to be provided should include:
4. Phone number
6. Short description (up to 250 words) of association with the nominated diversity initiative eg as a beneficiary, experiencing the outcome, etc.
references will be provided upon request if we are shortlisted.
What outcomes have been achieved against overall program or organisational performance? Using metrics specify these outcomes, for example financial, growth, policy achievement, performance or capabciltiy uplift?
last event we increased our capacity to 1600 girls, and this year we have 2200 girls registered with a long waitlist! This is huge, broad impact and we make sure rural schools are not just invited, but encouraged to send their girls.
What do you consider your significant achievement with this Initiative and why?
we are so proud that we've got so much interest in this event. having 2200 girls registered is telling of the reputation in the community, and the impact it is making on schoolgirls lives.
Who inspires you from a diversity perspective? Who provides leadership in diversity and why?
Fi Slaven inspires me with her tenacious dedication not only to the Go Girl, Go for IT program, but her commitment to Vic ICT for Women and her genuine commitment to women in the tech industry. Fi bends over backwards to reach out and pull people up, as well as making sure all women are given a fair go.