Transportation YOU: Shaping the Next Generation
Transportation YOU is a hands-on, interactive, mentoring program that offers middle school and high school students an introduction to a wide variety of transportation careers. Through the program, WTS works to attract future leaders to the transportation industry in fulfillment of our mission to: attract, sustain, connect and advance women’s careers to strengthen the transportation industry.
During the pandemic, WTS Chapters continue to play an essential role in developing programs and activities that will spark the interest of young people and encourage them to take courses in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Across the nation, chapters pivoted to providing Transportation YOU programs online, often by collaborating with partner organizations. In our new reality, it is more important than ever to reach students of various backgrounds as the pandemic magnifies the effects of resource disparities. Transportation YOU gathers and connects students of different ages, abilities, ethnicities, races, religions and socioeconomic statuses to create an environment that welcomes and celebrates every student.
Each year, the WTS International Foundation awards the WTS Transportation YOU High School Scholarship. WTS awards the Transportation YOU Scholarship to girls pursuing high school studies in science, technology, engineering and math to foster the development of women and girls in the transportation field by encouraging bright new professionals and students to undertake careers in the area of transportation. The Transportation YOU High School Scholarship is in the amount of $2,500. Many WTS Chapters award local Transportation YOU scholarships annually as well.