One organization is taking the ocean waters by storm. The Black Girls Dive Foundation establishes a space and opportunity to empower young women to explore their STEM identity through marine science.
After training in Maryland, the group was brought to The Bahamas to use the skills they’ve learned in clearer waters.
Four girls from the organization traveled more than 1,000 miles to scuba dive, something most girls that look like them aren’t normally exposed to.
"The organization exists in an effort to prime the pipeline for young minority, young females to enter into the marine sciences or just a STEM or a STEM adjacent program," Nevada Winrow with the Black Girls Dive Foundation says.
They trained and obtained certifications with the Black Girls Dive Foundation at home.
The foundation trains girls between 9 and 17, engaging them in STEM through diving and ocean conservation.
They also learned about swimming with sharks from professionals that built these girls up for endless opportunities post-graduation.
After swimming with the wildlife in The Bahamas, the foundation will take them to help tag sharks off the coast of Florida for research and go scuba diving at the Georgia Aquarium.