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AAUW HCV Tech Trek Gears Up for 2020 Camp

For the past three (3) years, the AAUW Hayward-Castro Valley (HCV) Branch has sent seven (7) local 7th grade girls to Tech Trek summer camp at Sonoma State.  To date, our branch has raised funds to send four (4) girls for summer camp in June 2020.  We are asking for your assistance. 

Do you own, work for, or know of a local business looking for a tax-deductible opportunity to support our community?  AAUW HCV has the perfect choice.

The AAUW Tech Trek program is a week-long STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) camp designed to develop interest, excitement, and self-confidence in young women with hands-on activities in STEM-related fields. Check out this exciting You Tube video about Tech Trek https://youtu.be/MpeE4SP-l4g

Tech Trek camp costs $1,000 per girl per week.  Outstanding girls are sponsored by their math and science teachers from schools in Castro Valley, Hayward, San Leandro and San Lorenzo.  Our selection committee choose exceptional girls, from the many candidates, with a focus on families that do not have the financial wherefore all to afford the cost.  They are asked to contribute $50. 

The very successful California Tech Trek camp, created and implemented by Marie Wolbach at Stanford in 1998 (and grew throughout California), was the model AAUW National used to initiate the 2013 National Tech Trek Program. By 2019, a total of nine states held camps sponsored by AAUW branches, including the eight California Tech Trek cams, which are part of the National program. See the National AAUW’s website for multi-state Tech Trek information: https://www.aauw.org/what-we-do/stem-education/tech-trek/

AAUW’s 1991 research study Short Changing Girls, Short Changing America, was Marie’s impetus for creating Tech Trek.  It was the most extensive national survey on gender and self-esteem ever conducted, outlined the detrimental notion that girls just aren’t as good as boys in math and science, and that as girls advance through school, they lose their confidence and interest in math and science subjects.

An AAUW research report in 2010 Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) expanded upon the earlier study, finding that women are underrepresented in STEM majors and fields compared with their male peers. But Why So Few? also showed that those numbers can change when girls realize their potential in STEM at an early age.

All Donations are tax deductible.  AAUW-CA • Special Projects Fund • TAX ID: 68-0463071

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ByLaws of the American Association of Univeristy Women- Hayward-Castro Valley Branch, Inc


Our Branch

The Hayward/Castro Valley Branch of the AAUW invites you to join us in our support of issues important to the status and well-being of women. We have been active in the community for over 72 years, since 1941 when our branch was founded.

Our Mission

AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, research and philanthropy. Our national association sponsors research into equity for girls and women in education and business; provides legal advocacy and financial support to women facing discrimination or sexual harassment in the workplace or in schools of higher education; provides grants and fellowships to graduate women; and publishes important research about issues such as technical training, pay equity, and their latest research Deep er In Debt.

Locally we work with our libraries providing uplifting programs that support the mission of AAUW. We also network with the League of Women voters to provide nonpartisan information to the community about issues and candidates, and we support the work of FESCO and the Emergency Shelter Program in their efforts to assist women in crisis.

Funding Programs

We raise funds for Tech Trek to send 7th grade girls who are interested in math or science to a six day camp at Sonoma State. Our method of raising these funds is a dinner at Gianni’s . We provide the waitresses and receive 10% of the evening proceeds and all the tips.
We also have a pancake breakfast at Knudson’s to raise funds for Tech Trek.
The Souper Supper is to raise funds to send a Chabot College student to the University of Maryland for a leadership conference sponsored by AAUW National. The newly chosen Tech Trek girls and their families are invited to the Souper Supper as our guests.

Special Interest Groups

Our members also experience fun and friendship through participation in interest groups of their choice: drama reading, book reviews, dining out, Bunco, excursions and others. They enjoy social events such as picnics, and our annual holiday party . General meetings are informative and interesting and cover the topics that have been researched by AAUW such as Bullying and Title IX. Our members highly value their associations with the intelligent and talented women and men they meet through AAUW. See the Shareline Newsletter for more information, meeting times and places.


In principle and in practice, AAUW values and seeks a diverse membership. There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin or disability.

Join Us!

Now more than ever, the American Association of University Women needs strength in numbers. With more than 170,000 members and supporters, 1,000 branches, and 800 college and university partners, AAUW uses its powerful voice on critical issues affecting women and girls.

The only requirement for membership in AAUW is that you have a AA degree or higher and are committed to promoting causes important to women.

If you are an undergraduate working toward an associate’s or bachelor’s degree, get involved by becoming an AAUW student affiliate.

We warmly invite you to join our branch, or just join us for an event. For more information, contact Liz Bathgate by email at lbbathgate@att.net.

Learn more about the benefits of membership, including national and regional activities, access to fellowships, grants, and awards and AAUW membership discounts.