Girls in Aviation Day has gone virtual for 2020! This year all activities, seminars, and resources will be delivered over the app. For more information on Girls in Aviation Day read the article below!
Women in Aviation International’s (WAI) 6th Annual Girls in Aviation Day will deliver a free, year-round experience for girls ages 8-17 through a new Aviation for Girls (AFG) app, sponsored by the U.S. Air Force.
Through the app, WAI will deliver content and resources including career videos, virtual museum tours, scholarship information, hands-on activities, book readings in multiple languages, as well as digital issues of Aviation for Girls magazine.
The app is available now to download, but the content will be launched on the official Girls in Aviation Day – Sept. 26.
“WAI is thrilled to connect with girls all year, without geographic constraints, and on their schedule, through our virtual experience delivered in the Aviation for Girls App,” said WAI CEO Allison McKay. “WAI will continue our expanding program of encouraging and inspiring girls – no matter where they live or learn – all-year-round with a continuously growing library of content that is key to the Girls in Aviation Day experience.”
Attendees using the app will qualify to apply for WAI 2021 scholarships and will receive monthly WAI Connect e-newsletters, and the digital version of Aviation for Women magazine. WAI also is offering free merchandise kits to participants featuring a Girls in Aviation Day backpack filled with a sticker, key chain, glitter tattoo, and more.
“Since gender roles start influencing children as young as age 4, it’s important to begin inspiring girls at a young age, and our sponsorship of the 6th Annual Girls in Aviation Day is a great way to do that,” said Lt. Col. Annie Driscoll, commander of AFRS’ Detachment 1. “Women are underrepresented in the rated careers in the Air Force, and in aviation, in general, and with our partnership with Women in Aviation International we hope to change that.”
Since WAI’s first annual international Girls in Aviation Day in 2015, the annual WAI event has grown every year since its first gathering of 32 events and 3,200 participants. In 2019, Girls in Aviation Day met more than 20,000 attendees participating in 119 events in 18 countries.
The No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign continually highlights the importance of business aviation in helping create and support more than 1 million high-paying, high-skill jobs, including those in the STEM fields, as well as promoting aviation as a career path for young people.