Breaking it down: Lesly Zamora shatters stereotypes with help from High-Tech High Heels, all-girls high school

Lesly ZamoraSeventeen-year-old Lesly Zamora can take apart and reassemble a computer tower in less than seven minutes.

It’s a skill she discovered after joining the Tech Girls Club at her high school last year.

“I like to destroy things,” she said with a smile, quickly adding, “but I can also fix them.”

Instilling a passion for technology in girls like Lesly is exactly what Dallas-based non-profit High-Tech High Heels aims to do. In partnership with the Communities Foundation of Texas, it provides funding to non-profits and offers grants designed to close the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by sparking and cultivating a love for these subjects in girls.

The Young Women’s Preparatory Network, which oversees Lesly’s all-girl public high school in Dallas, is a beneficiary of High-Tech High Heels. Lesly attends Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, which has an intense focus on leadership and STEM.