17 Year-Old Female Founder Inspires Girls in STEM

Jothi Ramaswamy became hooked on coding after learning the basics from her mother, and wanted to similarly encourage other girls to learn more about STEM. As a high school freshman, Jothi founded the nonprofit ThinkSTEAM, which has taught more than 1,000 girls about computing over the last four years. The We Are Family Foundation named Jothi a Global Teen Leader for her work, and also assigned Jothi her own mentor: Stephanie Rodriguez, Vice President of Policy at

“Peer to peer mentorship is shown to be one of the most successful ways to encourage young people in STEM disciplines,” said Stephanie. “So for [Jothi] to be launching this program, scaling it, and bringing other young women into it in leadership roles and as participants, it’s critically valuable.”

Learn more about Jothi’s journey and how she is inspiring more girls to enter the STEM fields. Read the full Journal News article.