SLAM empowers youth to be assertive, brave, confident, independent, inquisitive, and proud leaders in STEM. SLAM seeks to promote inspiration and excitement into STEM fields and careers while also building leadership abilities such as problem-solving, teamwork and cooperation, cultural identity and ethnic pride, advocacy for positive change, and goals for the future. We believe all students are influential leaders with innate leadership abilities. Our vision is to examine the social and cultural expectations for middle schoolers, investigate existing themes of girlhood and leadership, and engage students to empower themselves to be leaders in STEM. SLAM to create spaces where young people can share their real-life experiences, build themselves up and learn from one another.