Girls Inc. and the staff and students at the McEnroe Reading and Language Arts Clinic at the Gervirtz Graduate School of Education celebrated a successful Curie-osity Project collaboration on May 31.
Girls shared their take-aways from the pilot project, which engaged girls in grades 4-6 in research and inquiry-based activities with women scientists and engineers within the UC Santa Barbara community.
Tina McEnroe presented girls with draft copies of their book – the culmination of their interviews with female scientists and engineers. Girls also designed artwork, which was on display at the celebration, for each scientist based on her respective field of study.
Books will be available to the public soon for on-demand printing.
We are proud of our 25 4th-6th graders who can now add “published author” to their lists of accomlishments!
The Curie-osity Project name was inspired by the work of Marie Curie, the physicist and chemist who was awarded the Nobel Prize twice for her work in radioactivity.
Twenty-five girls from the Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara After-school Program visited the UCSB labs and research site each week throughout the semester to interview women from a variety of scientific and engineering disciplines and learn about their work. The girls, led by UCSB undergraduate students who are facilitating the hands-on, minds-on activities at the university, then focused on the ultimate, collaborative goal of publishing a book about the interviewed women that have made significant contributions to their respective fields.
Special thanks to Diana Arya, GGSE faculty member and Director of the McEnroe Reading and Language Arts Clinic, and Jasmine McBeath, project coordinator, and all of the UCSB and Girls Inc. facilitators for their roles for an incredibly special program.
Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara has again been selected as Charity Partner by the She.Is.Beautiful 5K and 10K Race. Girls Inc. will receive proceeds from the event registrations that will support our strong, smart, and bold programs for girls in the community.
The 6th annual race will be held on Saturday, September 23 in Santa Barbara. Girls Inc. girls will form running club teams for the event, and learn about running, physical fitness, nutrition, and how to accomplish a goal when trying something brand new!
This spring, girls from the Teen Center colaborated with TVSB to create a video with the Student Voices campaign. The video was a part of an ongoing project in which the teens learned how to create an advocacy campaign around something they cared about. They chose to create a campaign to advocate for changes they wanted to see at the center to represent their independence as teens, including desiging their own t-shirts to look different from the traditional Girls Inc. red shirts.
As a result of their video, the girls are designing and producing the first “Teen Center” T-shirt in partnership with Graphic Ink. in Goleta. We are proud of the teens for using their voice and their influence to create the change they want to see.
The Teen Center provides after-school and summer camp programs for girls in grades 7-12, with a focus on leadership development through project-based learning, community service, and advocacy and action.
(note: video link will take you to TVSB’s website.)
Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara is proud to announce its new academic mentorship program, Boost! Tutoring Program. The program – which is in pilot phase at the Goleta Valley Center – aims to increase a girl’s confidence and build a “can do” attitude through consistency, support and enrichment of challenging academic content areas.
Participating girls are partnered with a mentor who focuses on bridging knowledge gaps girls may have that are preventing them from succeeding in their school work.
Boost! was created by long-time Girls Inc. volunteer Debbie Donahue, who has been working individually with girls who needed extra academic support for several years. She recognized a need for more academic mentorships at Girls Inc., and after countless hours of volunteer research and development, Debbie created the framework to pilot Boost! Debbie has now transitioned from volunteer to staff member to serve as the facilitator for that program. A special thank you to Debbie for creating this program to help girls succeed!