Our Programs

Serious about Scientific Excellence (SaS-E)

Be-Ruth activities focus on allowing participants to discover and explore the excitement and expanse of science career fields through engaging inquiry-based workshops and experiments.

According to the National Science Foundation, eighty percent (80%) of jobs created in the next decade will require the knowledge and use of science and mathematics skills.

Partnerships with STEAM companies further enhance on-line science labs for hands-on learning in product development and guidance from experts in their fields.

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Be-Ruth provides educational projects that focus on developing critical thinking and analysis.

Participants are engaged in workshops and activities that cover all areas of IT including a broader understanding that is ideal for non-technical participants. They also build, program and test their solutions based on real-life technology while demonstrating their questioning, diagramming, mathematical, computer-coding and evaluation skills.

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“Women make up half of the total US college educated workforce but only 28% of the science and engineering workforce” 2018 nsf.gov.

We explore the vast array of science and engineering career options by hosting female-focused engineering interest groups and highlighting engineering role models who reflect the true diversity of our population. Participants learn the design process beginning with brainstorming and information gathering. They also test and revise prototypes to enhance problem-solving skills. Participants implement and manufacture the making of their products to transform their design into a reality.

Through our collaboration with the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), our participants (ages13-18) become members of the Society of Women Engineers, free of charge. Membership provides access to SWE industry information, events, scholarships, projects, and experts. Participants are engaged in engineering-focused projects planned by the Be-Ruth STEAM committee.

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Participants explore the eclectic offerings of the art world through various forms of self-expression including photography, painting, and writing. The ability to communicate and convey thoughts and feelings outside of speech strengthens a teen’s aptitude to transcend expressive barriers and creatively explore their inner thoughts and unique qualities. Students are encouraged to journal their experiences and activities in addition to creating a collage to put on display at our signature events.

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Be-Ruth workshops help students improve their algebra and geometry performance through math focused activities and optional tutoring programs.

Students also get “primed” to understand the nature of money and successfully maintain personal finances: they are equally as important as the professions selected to achieve financial security. Workshops and activities under Be-Prime emphasize the importance of being fiscally knowledgeable and responsible. Finances are a part of daily life and the power to manage them will yield life-altering benefits in the short and long term..

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Be-Ruth works to improve the healthy development, safety and wellbeing or youth girls. Our program builds mental and emotional fortitude, physical stamina, and spiritual awareness through opportunities that address issues that young women face daily. Students experience the importance of social service through volunteer opportunities and global learning excursions that sparks their interest to do something unique.

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Become a Member


Be-Ruth is a group mentoring program where mentees meet in a group setting for workshops and activities with mentors and professional experts. Be-Ruth is headquartered in Atlanta, GA, and operates in both face to face and online format.


• FIVE (5) Be-Ruth DIY STEAM Kits (includes materials and supplies)
• 10 Virtual Workshops
80 Pop-up Workshops (including Meal Prep Mondays/Wellness Workshops)
4 Virtual Parties (Sundaes on Sunday, Friday Night Floats, Chocolate Covered Everything, and PJ’s and Painting)
OPTIONAL: Access to Global Discovery Field Trip, when available (travel fees are an additional cost)


The Be-Ruth Membership Committee reviews applications and participants are notified of their acceptance as a member.

Please review the member eligibility requirements of our Mentee Agreement and Code of Conduct before submitting your application.

Be-Ruth Founder, Philana Swann

Mentee Testimony

"I have been a member of Be-Ruth Foundation for the past three years and it has helped me to become more confident and outspoken. I feel that I am always learning something new in every workshop or event that I attend. I have learned how to make cars using food items; how to recognize healthy relationships and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I have also developed a love for volunteering because the organization makes it fun and I feel good giving back to my community."

— Nyomi McDonald
Be-Ruth Participant

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Founded in 2009, Be-Ruth Foundation is a social impact non-profit organization that seeks to build & uplift teen girls and empower them by increasing their knowledge and skills in STEAM. Our values are centered around the six pillars of character: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship.  

We are a 501(c)3 charitable organization dedicated to providing world-class programs for adolescent and teen girls ages 9-17. We received our 501(c)3 status from the Federal Government in June of 2009. We are an approved charity of the Georgia’s Secretary of State.

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