Transportation YOU

Transportation You

Who We Are

Transportation YOU is a hands-on, interactive mentoring program that offers young girls ages 13-18 an introduction to transportation careers. Transportation professionals are creative problem-solvers developing solutions essential to human health, safety and happiness. In Chicago, we are working with partners in industry and education to offer programs and activities that connect classroom learning to real world careers. 

Launched in 2010, Transportation YOU is a joint initiative of WTS international and the U.S. DOT. Local chapters coordinate Transportation YOU initiatives. 

Our Mission

Transportation YOU's mission is to shape the future of the transportation industry by growing the involvement and interest of girls and young women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies. 

Our Goals

  • Educate and empower girls with regard to their opportunities in the transportation industry
  • Link girls with role models through one on one mentorship programs
  • Provide internships and career development opportunities
  • Help girls build leadership skills and self confidence


  • Improve STEM education programs
  • Make STEM education more accessible through scholarship opportunities
  • Contribute to the diversity and creativity of our transportation workforce



Our Transportation YOU programs have included engineering challenges, transportation field experiences, and tours of transportation facilities.  To apply for the Transportation YOU Program, CLICK HERE!


DC Youth Summit

Transportation YOU's flagship conference is a meeting of 25 girls and their mentors at the annual Youth Summit. Students who participate in Transportation YOU events will be invited to apply for a spot at this week-long summit. This is a wonderful opportunity for Transportation YOU’s participants to experience once-in-a-lifetime tours, meet-ups with White House administrators, and cool challenges and breakout sessions culminating in a spectacular reception on the last night of the program.



How to get involved

There are a number of ways to get involved with Transportation YOU as a student, educator or industry partner. If you are a student or educator interested in bringing Transportation YOU to your school, contact the Transportation YOU committee chairs here.


These programs would not be possible without corporate partners. A few options for getting involved are:

  • Volunteer as a mentor to girls aged 13-18
  • Host a field tour and/or transportation Q&A for students at your office
  • Donate promotional materials 

Have your own idea to promote our goals? Let us know!

Contact the Transportation YOU committee chairs here.