Announcing Battle Born Girls Innovate

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UNLV International Gaming Institute. Core, powered by The Rogers Foundation, and CCSD's Career and Technical Education Department partnership logos
Oct. 7, 2019


Announcing Battle Born Girls Innovate

Las VegasOctober 7, 2019—This month, UNLV International Gaming Institute will host Battle Born Girls Innovate, a two-day educational program for middle and high school girls from CCSD Title I schools where 85% or more of the student population is enrolled in the free or reduced lunch program. This year’s participants include 50 eighth grade girls from Roy W. Martin Middle School and ten sophomore girls who are part of local nonprofit Core, powered by the Rogers Foundation.

The mission of this program is to introduce young women to Southern Nevada’s science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) careers, demystify success in these fields, and provide an outlet for them to engage with women role models and leaders.

The students will participate in interactive sessions, field trips, and hands-on learning activities focused on game design and development, innovation, entrepreneurship, and STEAM, led by local, prominent figures from UNLV, Absolute Games, AGS, Aristocrat Technologies, and other Nevada-based technology companies.

This program expands other developments to IGI’s diversity and community outreach initiatives—including the 2017 launch of the Young Executive Scholars Hospitality & Tourism Program (YES), which introduces Title I CCSD students to careers in hospitality and tourism and demonstrates how an education at UNLV can set students on the path to career success.

“Our hope is that Battle Born Girls Innovate will give young women the confidence to pursue careers in STEAM fields and provide them with a support network of industry mentors and ambitious, like-minded young women to help them succeed throughout their education,” says Shekinah Hoffman, IGI’s Special Project Coordinator and thought-leader behind Battle Born Girls Innovate and the YES Program.

"STEAM jobs are growing at an unprecedented rate especially in Nevada. Battle Born Girls Innovate aims to encourage and support more young women to consider these high-demand STEAM careers," says Snehal Bhakta, CTE Administrator for CCSD and leader of the district's #GirlsinSTEM #GirlsinTECH Initiative and Project.

The event is sponsored by Rob Roy’s Innevation Center, powered by Switch, and is in partnership with Clark County School District’s Career & Technical Education Department. To get involved or to become a sponsor/partner, please contact Shekinah Hoffman via email at

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About UNLV International Gaming Institute

For more than 25 years, UNLV International Gaming Institute (IGI) has provided research-based solutions, cutting-edge insights, and executive education to the global gaming industry. With expertise in areas like gaming and hospitality innovation, regulation and policy, esports, diversity, and responsible gambling, IGI has been called upon to provide its research to more than 50 jurisdictions across the globe. In addition to these offerings, IGI proudly emphasizes diversity, inclusion, and community relations through initiatives like the Young Executive Scholars Hospitality & Tourism Program (YES) Program and Battle Born Girls Innovate (BBGI), which both give high schoolers a behind-the-scenes look at the career and educational opportunities that the hospitality industry provides. For more information, please visit

About Core

Core, powered by The Rogers Foundation, is an in-and-out-of-school program that focuses on the development and empowerment of Southern Nevada’s under-serviced youth. With a focus on support and growth in the areas of basic needs, academic engagement, community service, character education, cultural enrichment and mentoring, Core’s approach focuses on individualizing programming to fit different needs and aims to break the cycle of poverty, allowing the young people served to reach their full potential. For more information, please visit and find us @corewecan.

About CTE in CCSD

Established in 1956, Clark County School District (CCSD) is the number one choice for families and students. As the nation's fifth-largest school district, we educate approximately 320,000 students and work closely with community partners and business leaders to educate the workers needed to strengthen our economy.  The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department offers 68 industry-standard programs-of-study (POS) district wide and works to ensure that all students have access to quality programs that lead to marketable skills for the 21st century.