What is PENTA?
PENTA is She Speaks Science’s 5-month mentorship programme, with a twist. It is designed as a 5 by 5 matrix: it has 5 different streams (Africa, Latin America, Middle East, US & Europe, Asia). Within each stream there are 5 tiers (Executive, Professional, University student, High schooler, Schooler).
As such, it aims to build a tightly knit community of 33 empowered women and girls by providing them guidance and support at various stages of their STEM journey. PENTA also has a unique two-way mentorship model. Each member mentors and gets mentored in an interactive and one-to-one environment.
… because we believe in the power of community. Our two-way mentorship model encourages conversations between different age groups, fosters the concept of taking and giving back, and enhances the idea that whoever she is, someone is looking up to her. This, we hope, would give every participant on PENTA a sense of agency as well as responsibility towards her broader community. PENTA also allows its members to expand their networks and share their experiences.
The 2021 cohort hails from 24 different countries, from Malaysia to Mexico.