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WTS Central Virginia Chapter is building on its existing Transportation YOU program.  Applications are now available online for mentors and mentees to participate in this exciting program.

What is Transportation YOU?

Transportation YOU is a hands-on, interactive, mentoring program that offers young girls ages 13-18 an introduction to a wide variety of transportation careers.  Through the program, WTS chapters have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of young girls by offering programs and activities that will spark their interest in all modes of transportation and encourage them to take courses in math, science, and technology, which are the stepping stones to exciting careers that can change the face of the transportation industry.  The joint initiative will support the advancement of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through a strategic partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation and WTS.

Transportation YOU supports both the DOT strategic plan and its goal to achieve organizational excellence in workforce development and the WTS mission to transform transportation through the advancement of women.  This is a game changing strategy to reach out to girls and provide specific, hands-on experiences to show that fun and important careers result from taking science, math, technology, and engineering courses.  Bringing girls together with women engineers, planners, math, and technology experts in a fun, engaging environment will provide good examples to young girls.

Why participate in WTSCentral Virginia Chapter Mentoring Program?

· Expose girls to opportunities in transportation fields early.

· Inspire mentees to set high goals.

· Provide girls with the tools to succeed academically and, eventually, professionally.

· Be a positive role model!

How the Program Works

The Central Virginia WTS chapter has established a goal of adding up to 10 mentees over the next year.   The obligation will be to meet once a month with mentee and engage them in two events per year.  One event will be a casual social event with an opportunity to meet other women in the transportation field while the other event will be a field experience or building challenge.  Mentors are required to complete a background check prior to participation in events.

Who to contact

The Central Virginia Chapter Committee Chair for Transportation YOU is Robyn Hartz.  Please contact her to sign up as mentor or mentee at the following number 540-419-5092 or by email at robyn.hartz@mbakerintl.com.  For more information on, visit www.transportationyou.org or www.wtsinternational.org/centralvirginia/mentorship.


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