I'm writing to let you know that I am leaving Techbridge with my last day being October 9th. The past two and a half years have been an incredible journey, and I feel very honored to have been part of this tenacious team that is truly making a difference for girls, parents, teachers and role models all over the country.
For those who don't already know, I first heard of Techbridge eight years ago when I was working at the Exploratorium. As the women on staff there prepared to host a field trip for Techbridge girls, I thought to myself, "Who would I be today if I had been a Techbridge girl?"
Over the years, I found myself referring people to Techbridge's resources and program model, because this place always seemed to get it right. It's not just a weekend workshop! They partner with teachers and districts, and they do excellent professional development! They understand Summer Learning Loss! They have resources for STEM role models!
In a way, it was inevitable that I came to support Techbridge by working here. And then I got my hands on the data! It was like falling in love all over again. Who else out there does pre- and post-tests? Come on!
The tenets of Techbridge made their way into my personal philosophy over time, like osmosis. My love of writing had always been on the sidelines for me, but because I got to practice it so much as your Grants Manager, I developed confidence in my creative storytelling. I found a group of writers and learned how to collaborate together, and then I started performing last year. I found a mentor. I started receiving feedback on my creative writing in a different, more 'hearing' way.
I have been proud to be part of an organization that helps girls gain the confidence they need to reach for their dreams. Now, I am one of those girls. I'm going to take a shot at this writing thing.
I'm planning to stay based in Oakland, but I do foresee some travel in my future, so I hope to cross paths with all of you again soon. At the end of the day, this is just another story. Words are just words - your work is what makes Techbridge what it is. I can't wait to hear what happens next.
Please stay in touch. Best,
Sarah Elovich is a writer and performer based in Oakland, CA.