A Mother-Daughter Girls Innovate! Journey

(L-R) Grace Chen and mom, Lan Yun, with friends at Girls Innovate's first Hack Day in November 2013

(L-R) Grace Chen and mom, Lan Yun, with friends at Girls Innovate’s first Hack Day in November 2013

By Lan Yun

I have enjoyed going to every one of Girls Innovate’s Mother-Daughter events since 2013 when I met Uyen and learned about this organization. It’s been a great learning experience and sharing opportunity for me and my daughter, Grace.

Grace has received many positive influences from peer and senior teen girl leaders at Teen Committee meetings. As a mother coming from the Chinese culture, being a so-called tiger mom, I couldn’t help smiling as I embraced this outcome. It’s almost effortless compared to what I have tried to push before.

Grace learned coding skills from the Hack Day series, but her learning was not limited to just programming. She also practiced problem-solving skills when she became one of the mentors at the Hack Days. By staying open-minded, I discovered that we could always find a little surprise related to Grace’s positive learning and growth at Girls Innovate events .

Thanks to all these activities, my daughter and I have had more opportunities to discuss and share perspectives. Grace has been more eager to open up about her experiences. She expresses her opinions and willingness to be more informed about the world.

Seeing my daughter’s progress, I could not be more grateful to Girls Innovate! and look forward to both of us contributing more to the organization.

 

Grace Chen (far right) with teammates at Girls Innovate's Live Pitch Event in May 2014

Grace Chen (far right) with teammates at Girls Innovate’s Live Pitch Event in May 2014