Welcome to Apar Initiative
Welcome to the Apar Initiative where we foster limitless and boundless opportunities.
Welcome to Apar Initiatives Blog! Here you will find the background on who we are and what we do, as well as summaries of all events we have been involved with and have planned within the community and our cohort. My name is Tess and I am the Communications Manager at Apar and will be writing posts to keep you up-to-date with the work we are doing.
Apar is operating primarily online for the foreseeable future until it is safe to meet in person. This blog will also serve to raise awareness about female underrepresentation in STEM careers and will start by inspiring confidence and building a solid network for our youth.
APAR Initiative was founded in 2018 with a purpose to inspire innovation and creativity in our next generation of leaders. Our Vision is to empower girls to develop their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and leadership capabilities without any limits or bounds. We work towards achieving this vision by enabling a platform for mentorship opportunities and community building, educating, and advocating for girls to think and dream big. This program aims to develop the foundation for superior leadership and critical thinking skills. Our mission is to instill confidence in the next generation of capable female leaders.
We are a team that values collaboration, empathy, and trust and we lead by example. We have built our programs in order to foster continuous learning opportunities amongst community peers. We value diversity and inclusion amongst all partners, members, sponsors, and volunteers and we work towards achieving our vision by:
-leveraging education and advocacy as tools to encourage girls to broaden their horizons
-nurturing self confidence in girls through meaningful mentorship opportunities.
– creating a positive environment where girls can build lasting friendships and networks.
At Apar, we have several programs and events that engage local youth to help further these objectives. We are propelled by statistics such as this; “Women represent the majority of young university graduates, but are still underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computer science (STEM) fields. Women are always less likely to choose a STEM program, regardless of mathematical ability.” from Statistics Canada.
This drives our goal to support girls in developing capabilities to inhibit self-selection out of STEM disciplines. In conjunction, we also recognize the importance of developing strong EI and interpersonal skills throughout their education and career, and always keep this top of mind.
The APAR team is a great example of practicing what we preach. Our backgrounds and our career paths are extremely diverse, but our common passion for ensuring our younger generation gets the support they deserve unites us.
Our STEM & Leadership cohort runs annually for 8 months with fifteen girls from grade 6-9. We focus on providing a balanced perspective of both STEM fields and opportunities for business acumen skills development from an early age. During this time, we will host events – both in person and online – to educate, innovate, and inspire these girls to realize their full potential. Our goal is to create a safe environment and have them feel confident and excited for what’s to come after they exit the program. We have designed longevity into this program to foster meaningful relationships with our cohort to make a measurable impact. In addition, we host quarterly panels with women in STEM careers to share their stories and an annual leadership conference.
We are so proud and honoured to be a part of local and regional networks that champion women in both business and STEM. We have had the opportunity to connect and collaborate with like-minded organizations which enable us to drive value in the programs and events we host. Check out our network partners and sponsors to learn more about what they do.
Stay tuned to more blog posts as we continue to host events and work with girls in our community and beyond.
Contact us for more information on our programs & events as well as potential partnership & sponsorship opportunities.
Apar Initiative – Fostering Limitless and Boundless Opportunities.
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