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Assemblywoman Luz Rivas’ $1.5 Million State Investment Expands STEM Opportunities for Youth in the San Fernando Valley

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SAN FERNANDO – Today, Assemblywoman Luz Rivas (D-San Fernando Valley) presented a $1.5 million check to DIY Girls to increase program participation, expansion, and outreach in critical science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education opportunities for 5th – 12th grade students in the Northeast San Fernando Valley. Within the last ten years, DIY Girls has provided STEM programming to nearly 6,000 girls and gender-expansive youth to increase their interest and long-term success in technology and engineering.

“Before I was an elected official, a non-profit founder, and an electrical engineer, I was a kid with a dream from the Northeast San Fernando Valley. I remember the first time I became interested in technology and engineering was in my 5th grade class, when my teacher taught us how to program an Apple lle computer. I remember the teachers and mentors who have inspired me and helped grow my confidence as I pursued an education and a career in STEM,” stated Assemblywoman Luz Rivas. “The state funds are more than expanding DIY Girls’ programming: It is about engaging youth in our community with an interest in these technical fields to know they have the ability to achieve their goals.”

“We are immensely grateful to Assemblywoman Luz Rivas for securing a $1.5 million grant for DIY Girls. With this funding, DIY Girls will continue to empower girls and gender-expansive youth, fostering their interest and long-term success in STEM fields through innovative educational experiences and mentor relationships. In collaboration with Assemblywoman Rivas, we are forging a brighter path for the next generation of STEM leaders, and we are immensely grateful for her steadfast dedication to advancing diversity and inclusivity in the fields of technology, engineering, and creative innovation,” stated Leticia Rodriguez, Executive Director of DIY Girls.


Assemblywoman Luz Rivas proudly represents the 43rd Assembly District, which includes the City of Los Angeles communities of Arleta, Lake View Terrace, Mission Hills, Pacoima, Panorama City, Sun Valley, Sylmar, North Hollywood, Valley Glen, and the City of San Fernando.