GAINS Network Volunteer Information

Girls Advancing in STEM role models connect with our student-members through a variety of activities.  Role models can connect directly with student-run clubs through online video conferences or (if possible) in-person meetings and events. Volunteers can also connect with students at multiple GAINS schools through GAINS virtual events - see thematic calendar below.  Our virtual events highlight a subset of GAINS role models and are structured to encourage conversation by using a group discussion format, live video feed or recorded interviews hosted by student members.  Clubs are looking forward to hosting on-site speakers, panel events and small group discussions with local STEM professionals when it is safe to do so. 

Once you are part of the GAINS community you can opt into our virtual events, respond to student requests through the GAINS platform or join other GAINS events as they are scheduled. There are lots of ways to be involved and we are confident we have events that will fit your schedule.  

Join the GAINS Network Community by completing the volunteer information form here!

GAINS Volunteer Upcoming Events!

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Volunteers will be paired with a GAINS student for a video meeting so students can develop informational interview skills

Goal: Students connect with STEM volunteers so they can practice informational interview skills.
Volunteer time commitment: one session that lasts 20-30 minutes during a 10-day period.
Date range of event: October 20 - October 31st.
**volunteers may select several date and time options. Please Register by October 16th!

You can see details and register to volunteer here.

**all times are EST

Technical Talk Session:


A technical talk session is a small-group breakout session focused on the technical aspect of your work.
These sessions are an opportunity for high school girls to hear directly from women working and studying in STEM fields about current work being done by women in STEM. They will be hosted on Zoom in a meeting format. These sessions tend to be informal in nature and provide opportunity for Q&A. Participants select technical talk sessions prior to the event based on a brief description you provide.

Session One: 9:45am - 10:15am
Session Two: 10:30am - 11:00am
**sign up for one or two sessions!


Career Mixer:


The career mixer will feature short, small group discussions about your STEM career and your path. Over the course of an hour, GAINS participants will meet several professional women in STEM and learn about their careers.

Session: 12:30-1:30PM

The career mixer will feature short, small group discussions about your STEM career and your path. Over the course of an hour, GAINS participants will meet several professional women in STEM and learn about their careers.
Every 6-8 minutes students will move to a new Zoom meeting to meet a new role model.
  • We provide questions and prompts to get the discussion started!
  • We will set up your Zoom meeting and provide students with the proper links.

STEM Tour:


A STEM Tour is a virtual walk-through of your work/research space with a small group of students. The goal is to give students a sense of what your work environment is like and for them to hear about the work taking place there.

Session: 1:40-2:40PM
  • Option 1: Carry your phone or laptop around your workspace to show students where you work and the type of work you do. This can include some questions and answers.
  • Option 2: Pre-record a tour of your space. Share your screen on Zoom to share the recorded tour, then answer questions from the students.
  • We will set up your Zoom meeting and provide students with the proper links.

Volunteer Registration is live. Click here to sign up!


Questions? Email us at gains@greenwichacademy.org or call 203-552-4400.

GAINS Club Calendar!
Month Club activities, resources and planned GAINS Virtual events! Information is sent to active clubs each month!
September Getting started with GAINS on your campus!
  • First club meetings
  • September mentor pairing event: Connecting with STEM professionals!
  • students are paired with STEM mentors to discuss informational interviews!
  • Movie Screening event: Picture a Scientist"
October Chemistry Month
  • Celebrate Mole Day! 10/23!
  • Explore Chemistry careers
  • GAINS speaker live stream event!
November Focus on Medicine
  • Antibiotic awareness week is this month!
  • Resources for exploring medical careers!
  • GAINS Conference 2020!
December Focus on Computer Science
  • GAINS speaker live stream
  • Hour of Code is this month!
  • Resouces for exploring computer science careers
  • GAINS member share event!
January Summer STEM enrichment + Academic bumps in the road.
  • Panel discussion online!
  • STEM summer plans and experiences
February Black history month & Engineering!
  • Virtual event: panel discussion or webinar
  • Resources to explore black women in STEM
  • Resources to explore engineering careers
March Outreach - sharing your love of STEM! Got an outreach project?
  • STEM project highlights!
April Earth Day is this month!
  • Focus on Environmental Science and Conservation
  • GAINS speaker live stream event
  • Resources to explore environmental science related careers
May School year wrap-up and planning for next year