The 3rd Goal: Gender Equality and Empowering Women, Inc ("The Third Goal") is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization (EIN 46-2906287) based in Woodbridge, Virginia, about 25 miles (40km) southwest of Washington, DC.
"The Third Goal" refers to the third of eight United Nations Millenium Development Goals (MDG) - Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women.
The Millenium Development Goals program ran from 2000 through 2015 and have since become the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), which run from 2015 through 2030.
The fifth SDG is gender equality. While in some areas progress has been made against the original goal, the UN program recognizes that continuing and sustained progress in this area is needed.
The Third Goal promotes gender equality and empowerment for women among low-income and disadvantaged youth in the Woodbridge, Virginia and surrounding area by providing volunteer educational services and research in support of "STEAM" initiatives. STEAM initiatives are those adding art and design to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education. The Rhode Island School of Design operates STEM to STEAM, a site dedicated to this effort.
The Third Goal envisions reaching thousands to millions of success-hungry individuals, especially grade-schoolers, to give them a better chance at a better life through field studies related to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM). Using our educational strategies and resources, we are confident that each and every one of our intended goals can be accomplished.
We have a strong belief, during times of innovation, that the mind and the body should be in tune with each other and, by encouraging and adding sports to the STEAM acronym - which then becomes STEAMS, we can accomplish this within our community.
Our volunteer educational assistance to the girls, women, boys and men, by way of STEAM and STEAMS awareness, moves us forward on the path to gender equality and empowerment of women. As we to influence the Woodbridge, Virginia area in this regard, we will consistently work to expand our programs to other nearby cities, other states and, eventually, cover the entire United States.
Please, join us in the fun of learning, producing positive results and helping to educate and enrich our local Woodbridge, Virginia community.