3mThe nested mentors program pairs women employees within 3M and surrounding educators in MN to launch an innovative nested mentoring model for women and girls in STEM. This project seeks to explicitly meet the challenges of encouraging girls to pursue STEM through a unique nested mentoring model that promotes the concept of gender diversity in STEM through strong women role models. 3M invites women employees as STEM mentors of women undergraduate STEM students, who will in turn serve as mentors to middle and high school students (boys and girls) to generate an amplifier effect. Importantly, this innovative 3M program will connect people along all stages (from grades 6 to 12, to undergraduates, to working professionals) to promote a sense of agency, to inspire, and to support diversity in STEM-related identity development.

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