During the summer months, Girls Inc. of Alameda County engages girls in a variety of programs, from academic engagement to STEAM learning to leadership development and college prep. Girls entering grades 1-11 in the fall need our programming, and even in the face of Covid-19, our programming is ready.
Girls Inc. staff have worked hard to realign our programs using a virtual model. Elementary and middle school girls will kick off an exciting summer camp with online meetups and home projects to combine academic learning and all the fun of summer vacation, including art projects and (virtual) field trips.
Summer learning loss is real for all students, but for girls in underserved communities, it is often more pronounced due to lack of access and enrichment resources. In addition, school-year closures, shelter-in-place restrictions, and lack of access to digital learning has resulted in unprecedented academic challenges for girls in our programs. Over the summer, staff will support girls to continue literacy development, have fun with art and math, and learn creative digital skills. This type of enrichment and support fills a critical need to help curb the summer slide and position our girls to start the next school year confident and excited about learning.
High school girls dive deep into Eureka! summer, where they engage with STEM topics, build sisterhood, and explore potential careers and academic interests. Pre-professional internships are a key component of Eureka!, and this year rising 10th and 11th graders will take part in an innovative program where they spend 3 days a week working with Girls Inc. staff and completing projects in small teams, and 2 days a week meeting with mentors and intern hosts at leading Bay Area companies. All interaction will happen online and the girls get the invaluable benefit of engaging in a professional setting and meeting female mentors in the workforce.
For girls interested in civic engagement, Girls Inc. launched the new Summer Leadership Institute. Programs are designed to educate, engage, and inspire girls to be future voters, leaders, and candidates by building knowledge and skills while instilling positive attitudes towards politics and leadership. This is an educational and nonpartisan initiative, and girls will work together to complete a Community Service Project by the end of the program.
We are extremely proud of our staff for transitioning our programs to virtual model and exploring new and exciting ways to support our girls. We can’t wait to hear the stories!
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