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L.A.U.N.C.H Fall 2024 Cohort

When: September 27 - November 12
Where: In-Person and Via Zoom

Learn More About Our K-12 STEM Programs



L.A.U.N.C.H. Fall 2024 Cohort hosted by Fortyx80, in partnership with the Pittsburgh Technology Council

The L.A.U.N.C.H. program transforms the natural curiosity of high school girls, in grades 10 and 11, into a voice of leadership in the STEM industry. Through our comprehensive program, high school girls will gain insight into their leadership style and be equipped with the confidence to pursue a successful career path in STEM. Through their engagement, our participants experience growth as leaders and exit the program prepared to create positive changes in their chosen career path. There is no cost for program participation and all applicants earn a stipend upon completion.

"When I dare to be powerful - to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid." ~ Audre Lorde

L.A.U.N.C.H. Encompasses:

Integration of the Janet Phan’s 5 Thriving Elements found in her book, Boldly You:

  •  Show up for yourself
  •  Build your confidence
  •  Be open minded
  •  Be situationally aware
  •  Be biased for action


  • Meaningful engagement with women professionals in STEM as mentors and advisors.
  • Guest speakers on personal brand, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy.
  • STEM based field trips customized to the interest of the cohort.
  • Building of both peer and professional networks.
  • Customized lessons aligned to the PA Career Education and Work standards.
  • A capstone project in the form of a plan for entrepreneurship or plan for advocacy with the integration of tech.

Now accepting applications for the Fall Cohort. DEADLINE MONDAY, AUGUST 26.

Apply to L.A.U.N.C.H.

Who Should Apply: 10th and 11th Grade Girls interested in gaining career and leadership skills in the world of STEM. 


Fall Cohort Dates

Application Deadline
Monday, August 26

Retreat Weekend
Friday, September 27 5:00-7:00pm
Saturday, September 28 9:00am-3:00pm
Sunday, September 29 9:00am-3:00pm

Virtual Meetings via Microsoft Teams | 7:00-8:30pm
October 8
October 15
October 22
November 5

Speed Mentoring Event
Saturday in Late October, date TBA

Final Celebration
November 12

Industry Tours & Mentor/Mentee Happy Hours

L.A.U.N.C.H. Mentor Network: 

As a female professional working in a STEM organization, we invite you to mentor these young women and encourage them to secure an active role in the future of STEM. Your commitment can be anywhere from 2-7 hours of volunteer time per cohort, spread out over 10 weeks, depending on your level of involvement. Info meeting and materials distribution will take place prior to cohort start date. Mentor happy hours and meet-ups take place quarterly.

A female working in a STEM organization can be a:
• Panelist during our opening retreat: “Female Leaders in STEM”
• Participate in our Speed Mentoring Day                                                               
• One-on-one mentor throughout the program                                                        
• Virtual guest speaker         

Mentor Application

Our young ladies of L.A.U.N.C.H. have had the opportunity to work with female leaders in STEM from the following Tech Council member companies:

412 Food Rescue
Allegheny County Airport Authority
Carnegie Mellon University
Cook Myosite
Data Ideology
DICK’s Sporting Goods
Grant Thorton
Innovation Works
Prince Performance LLC
The Pittsburgh Opera
University of Pittsburgh