K-12 Programming

WTS Portland is dedicated to creating a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable transportation industry through the advancement of women. By engaging girls and young women early, we seek to increase access and spark an interest in a transportation career early on. We accomplish this through engagement in WTS International's Transportation YOU program, as well as a variety of partner programs.

Transportation YOU DC Summit 2021

June 22 - 24, 2021 (Virtual - online only)

WTS Portland is looking to sponsor three students between the ages of 15 to 17 (open to all genders, and to residents of Oregon or SW Washington) to attend the Transportation YOU DC Summit for free this summer. Transportation YOU is a hands-on, interactive, mentoring program that offers youth an introduction to a wide variety of transportation careers. The Transportation YOU DC Summit is the signature event of this program, and will be held virtually this year.

The Summit includes three 4 hour sessions over the course of three days: June 22nd to June 24th. Youth will the opportunity to:

  • Be paired with a working professional to learn and hear firsthand about opportunities and careers in the transportation industry.
  • Be a part of a cohort of students from across the U.S .as they virtually tour places like autonomous vehicle research centers, biking and driving simulators, and behind the scenes at airports.
  • Hear from transportation professionals with engineering, planning, policy, data analysis and so many other backgrounds.

Submit your application by May 28! Students will be notified of their acceptance by May 29.

Submit an application

If you have any questions about the DC Summit or the WTS Transportation YOU program, please contact WTS Portland Committee Chair Maggie Derk at margaretderk@gmail.com

Partner Events

Transportation Summer Camp for Oregon High Schoolers at Portland State University

Portland State University’s Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) hosts a FREE annual transportation summer camp for Oregon high school students to learn about Portland’s transportation system and potential career paths in the transportation field. Applications for this camp typically open in the spring.

WTS Portland Transportation YOU volunteers support this workforce STEM camp through volunteer guest speaking and supporting a speed networking sessions between the students and local professionals. Students were paired with several different transportation professionals for a five-minute one-on-one Q&A session. Special thanks to all our volunteers who help support TREC and WTS Portland for this event!

Girl Scouts of Oregon & SW Washington STEMapalooza

November 14 - 15, 2020

WTS Portland Transportation YOU hosted a panel discussion as part of STEMapalooza, a virtual expo-style event that introduced girls to a wide variety of STEM careers. The panel discussion gave Girl Scouts the opportunity to learn how several different women became interested in their transportation career and how each of them use STEM for their jobs each day. Special thanks to our discussion moderator, Sydney Herbst (Alta Planning + Design); and panelists, Renata Tirta (Portland Bureau of Transportation), Bee Davis (Ride Connection), and Camilla Dartnell (Kittelson & Associates) for their time and energy supporting this event!