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GOALS (Greater Opportunities Advancing Leadership and Science) for Girls aims to increase the presence of women in science, technology, engineering and math.

The year-round program includes a six-week Summer Intensive, weekend science forums and internships. These opportunities offer various pathways for girls to explore STEM topics and connect with women with careers in STEM fields. The program aims to increase girls’ confidence in learning STEM and equips them with the skills and resources they need for academic and professional success.

  • Upcoming Teen & GOALS Forums

    Weekend programs throughout the year provide teens with the opportunity to delve deeply into science concepts, network with peers, speak with influential women in the sciences and increase college readiness. We welcome all interested teens between the ages of 13–18 and their family and friends to attend. We highly recommend teen girls to attend. (All individuals under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult.)

    These events are FREE. Advance registration is required.

    Youth Leadership Opportunities at Intrepid
    December 8, 2018

    Parents, teachers, school administrators and teens from New York City are invited to learn more about the Intrepid Museum’s no-cost youth leadership programs. Current 8th and 9th grade girls are encouraged to attend a 10:00am session about the GOALS for Girls 6-week summer intensive program, which focuses on leadership and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). At 11:30am, all current 10th grade students are encouraged to attend a Youth Leadership Institute session. YLI is a 10-month program that takes place on weekends and school holidays, focusing on civics, leadership, and social advocacy issues. Both teen programs provide college and career-readiness workshops and youth development opportunities.

  • GOALS for Girls Summer Intensive

    The GOALS Summer Intensive is a free STEM program for girls in eighth or ninth grade who are New York City residents and attend a school in the five boroughs.

    The Summer Intensive exposes girls to a variety of skill-building experiences including:

    • Engaging in unique STEM experiments and projects at the Museum
    • Sharpening public-speaking skills by presenting to fellow students
    • Collaborating with peers from across New York City
    • Visiting various STEM organizations in the five boroughs
    • Learning about careers in STEM fields from women who will share their personal professional journeys

    Girls who complete the Summer Intensive will receive recognition and continued support with:

    • A certificate of completion
    • Invitations to attend GOALS Forums throughout the school year
    • A network of like-minded young women who are interested in STEM careers and support one another’s pursuits
    • Recommendations to participate in other STEM programs in the city
    • An opportunity to take the next step in their college and career path by applying for an internship at the Museum

    The GOALS for Girls Summer Intensive Applications for 2019 will be opening in December!

    Click here for the 2019 GGSI Summer Flyer

  • Become a Mentor

    GOALS for Girls is always interested in involving women who want to share their knowledge and expertise with the next generation of women. We welcome women who are established in their careers, emerging professionals, and women pursuing graduate studies in a STEM field.

    To be a mentor in the program, please contact


  • FAQs

    What are the benefits of being a GOALS girl?
    Girls who successfully complete the GOALS Summer Intensive become part of a network of high school, college and young professional women who have also benefited from the six-week intensive. GOALS staff stay in touch with the girls to offer them opportunities to be involved in other programs at the Intrepid Museum and beyond. One such program is the GOALS Forums that take place at the Museum periodically throughout the school year. Another program is the Youth Leadership Institute for High School juniors. Students wanting to make a commitment to progress in their experiences at the Museum can become part of our career ladder initiative.

    How long has GOALS existed?
    GOALS for Girls began in 2007 as an in-school program in partnership with the Young Women’s Leadership Schools in New York City. To combat summer learning loss, the program evolved into a summer intensive program for middle and high school girls in the summer of 2009. Today the program includes the Summer Intensive, science and youth development forums during the school year and internship opportunities for girls who successfully complete the Summer Intensive.

    What subjects does GOALS cover?
    GOALS covers topics in aerospace, astronomy, Earth and marine science, engineering and technology, as part of the Museum’s mission to promote the awareness and understanding of history, science and service.

    What is a typical day like?
    Each day is different, but every session focuses on the main themes of the program (science experimentation, mentorship, leadership, public speaking and college/career readiness). The program takes place at the Intrepid Museum or at other venues in the city. The Summer Intensive meets Monday through Friday, from approximately 9:00am to 3:00pm each day.

    Do girls need to apply to attend the GOALS Forums during the school year?
    No, but advance registration is required.

    I have a son who likes science. Is he allowed to go to any of the GOALS for Girls programming?
    He would not be eligible to apply to the Summer Intensive, but he is welcome to attend the GOALS Forums.

    Do the girls who attend the GOALS Forums need to be accompanied by a chaperone?
    Adult chaperones must accompany any girls under the age of 16 to the GOALS Forums. The ratio of student to chaperone must be 10:1. For the Summer Intensive, girls arrive and depart on their own.

    When will the applications for the Summer Intensive be available?
    Applications for the Summer Intensive typically open in January for the upcoming summer.

    What is provided to the girls participating in the Summer Intensive?
    Students will receive MetroCards for traveling to the Intrepid Museum and to off-site venues; lunch options on the days that the Intensive takes place at the Museum; and two GOALS T-shirts, which participants are required to wear on their off-site trips.

    Where will the girls go for off-site trips in the city?
    Each summer varies, but past field trips have included St. John’s University, South Street Seaport Museum, American Museum of Natural History, Museum of the Moving Image and Brooklyn Navy Yard.

    How many days of the Summer Intensive can a participant student miss?
    Three absences are allowed for the duration of the program. Three instances of lateness is the equivalent of one absence.

    How many students will be accepted into the Summer Intensive?
    Fifty girls will be accepted. We also create a waitlist in case any accepted students are unable to commit to the six-week program. No girls will be accepted to the program after the second week of the Summer Intensive.

    What neighborhoods do the girls who attend the Summer Intensive come from?
    We aim to pick girls from neighborhoods throughout the city. We especially encourage the participation of students from high-need, low-income neighborhoods who attend New York City schools, particularly those that are designated Title I.

    I know a student who is very intrigued by science, but her grades do not reflect her enthusiasm. Should I encourage her to apply to the Summer Intensive?
    YES! We choose girls with a range of skill levels, qualities and experience for the Summer Intensive. If she has a growth mindset and is excited about science, this program is for her! Each year we have girls who are quiet, girls who are social butterflies, girls who encourage their peers, girls who are very mature and girls who are working on their situational awareness. These differences allow for the most interesting collaborations, discussions and completed work projects.


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