DETOUR launched FANCY in STEAM - to engage girls of color to ignite their interest in entering in STEAM career fields.

This initiative was launched to increase the amount of girls of color studying and working in STEAM career fields. According to the San Diego Workforce Partnership, STEAM occupations in San Diego are projected to grow an average of 10% by 2021, adding over 61,000 jobs - paying an average annual salary of $83,000.

Despite this projected growth – girls of color face significant challenges getting into the field including:

  • a lack of access to specialized education,
  • cultural stereotypes surrounding the professions,
  • and a lack of exposure to career pathways out of poverty

Since 2016, 100% of our girls were accepted into 4-year universities – with over half currently studying STEAM majors. Girls like Tatiana - our Gates Millennium Scholarship winner who is currently enrolled at Syracuse University majoring in forensic science.

Southeastern San Diego is lagging behind San Diego County averages in income and workforce participation. Since 2011, DETOUR has encouraged over 2,000 girls in Southeastern San Diego to rise above these statistics, graduate from high school, and go to college.

However, empowerment alone is not enough, we must also prepare them to advance into career fields with strong growth and high wages. Our goal is to cultivate a diverse talent pipeline in STEAM inclusive of girls of color.

DETOUR - can help change these statistics. We are teaming up with Corporate Sponsors to obtain funding to increase access to programs, professionals, and opportunities within STEAM Fields for girls of color.


DETOUR also host a FANCY STEAM Fair including corporate partners within the STEAM field. Partners include the Microsoft Store, Elementary Institute of Science, Hands-On Technology, San Diego Futures Foundation, Sony, Solar Turbines Sylvan Learning Center, Network for Women in Science - Scripps Research, UCSD Center for Healthy Eating and Activity Research (CHEAR), and Blacks in Technology. Girls are able to explore tech through hands on coding and virtual reality workshops and activities.

If you have a STEAM project, this is your opportunity to showcase it through a demonstration!

Please call (619)750-1180 or email to join us in our mission!