Mentor-Protégé Program


Girls in Technology Mentor-Protégé Program Overview

The Girls in Technology Mentor-Protégé Program is designed to help high school girls learn about the vast array of career opportunities available to young women interested in pursuing careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) fields.  Protégés and Mentors meet once a month for five months and participate in leadership development, networking, and discuss a range of topics related to success traits for growth and pursuing a career. Each program session starts with featured speakers or a discussion panel followed by small discussion group mentoring sessions with professional women.



An Opportunity to Learn and Grow

The GIT Mentor Protégé Program allows girls to explore and develop their interest in STEM with the support of a professional women mentors.  It also provides an opportunity for mentors to network with other professionals to build their leadership skills, give back to the community and find their voice in STEM.

Through the program, protégés:

  • Learn how to navigate a career in STEM fields
  • Build self-confidence, leadership and public speaking skills
  • Participate in job shadowing activities
  • Build a network of peers with common interests
  • Get access to STEM awards and scholarships

Mentor Flyer
Mentor Application

Protégé Flyer
Protégé Application

Girls in Technology Mentor-Protégé Session Format

  • 6:00 – 6:30 Sign-in/Networking/Refreshments
  • 6:30 – 6:45 Welcome/Announcements
  • 6:45 – 7:30 Featured Speaker/Panel Discussion
  • 7:30 – 8:30 Mentoring session
  • 8:30 Close-out

Locations: The Girls in Technology Mentor-Protégé program is offered in three locations: Virginia, DC and Maryland.

Session Hosts and Locations: We would like to thank our gracious hosts of the 2019-2020 Girls in Technology Mentor Protégé Program:

Washington, DC Location  Maryland Location   Virginia Location



1201 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, DC 20004

Johns Hopkins University (Shady Grove)

Academic and Research Building, Room 106-110
9601 Medical Center Drive
Rockville, MD 20850


12012 Sunset Hills Road
3rd Floor
Reston, VA 20190


*Notice:  Girls in Technology has leased or rented facilities from the Johns Hopkins University. However, Girls in Technology and any programs operated by Girls in Technology are not related to or affiliated with the Johns Hopkins University in any way. Girls in Technology is an entirely separate legal entity with no connection to the Johns Hopkins University aside from the temporary use of facilities for the specified program.

Girls in Technology Fall 2019 Mentor-Protégé Program Session Dates


Washington, DC



Session 1

 Tues, November 5th Tues, October 15th

Tues, October 22nd

Session 2

Tues, December 3rd

Tues, November 19th

Tues, November 26th

Session 3

Tues, February 4th

Tues, January 14th

Tues, January 28th

Session 4

Tues, March 3th

Tues, February 11th

 Tues, February 25th

Session 5

Tues, March 24th

Tues, March 17th

Tues, March 24th

Make Up Day

Tues, April 7th

Tues, April 21st

Tues, April 28th




Protégé Acceptance and Notification Process

Protégé applications will be processed in the order complete applications are received, and a waitlist formed once capacity is reached.  Due to limited capacity and volunteers to manage this free event, GIT can accommodate up to 45 students in each program location (may vary depending location).  GIT may limit the maximum number of students registered from the same school, group, community organization or club.  There is a three step process to being accepted into the Girls in Technology Mentor Protégé Program:

  • Complete online protégé application which includes guardian release
  • Complete a required pre-program survey (links are provided within the application.  Links will also be emailed to the protégé after Step 1)
  • Protégés and parents that have submitted all of the steps above will be emailed further information about their acceptance status.


Mentor Acceptance and Notification Process

Mentor applications will be processed in the order complete applications are received, and a waitlist formed once capacity is reached.  Due to limited capacity and volunteers to manage this free event, GIT can accommodate up to 40 mentors in each program location (may vary depending on the location).  There is a three step process to being accepted as a GIT mentor:

  • Complete online mentor application
  • Background check: GIT will send applicants a link to a third party online background check.  In order to be accepted into GIT programs, all GIT committee members, volunteers, and mentors must complete a brief background check, conducted by a third party coordinated by GIT.
  • Mentors that have submitted and cleared all steps above will be emailed an acceptance confirmation and further information about the program.

Program Leadership
GIT Program Manager - Paula Prettyman, email: [email protected]
Program Chair – Elizabeth Mariani, email: [email protected]
Maryland Program Chair – Anika Lalmansingh, email: [email protected]
Virginia Program Chair – LaShaunda Ford, email: [email protected]


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