As noted earlier, December 9 is the deadline for Science Club for Girls‘ fundraising challenge, through which donations will be matched 3-for-1 for SCfG’s very successful Junior Mentor program. This program funds near-peer mentors in Grades 8-12 to inspire younger girls to dream big and get excited about STEM. These funds are doubly effective: They offer leadership training to 90 Junior Mentors for job preparation, teamwork, and communication skills — and they offer inspiration and STEM education to the 600 younger girls who are mentored. The drive ends in four days and has raised $3,255 out of the $5,000 needed. We’re asking NewtonSTEM readers to step up with tax-deductible donations of any amount.