Hands-on digital activities, virtual tours, and mini-mentoring are some of the ways in which our girls successfully engaged in new kinds of learning remotely. Recently, 15 of our Girls Inc. ninth graders took a virtual field trip with H2O+, a skincare company focused on creating products that encourage women to define beauty on their own terms. The field trip was one of many that our girls take in the remote environment.
The girls learned about the beauty industry with a hands-on activity to create their own customized lotion. Kits were mailed to program participants beforehand, and an all-female H2O+ team guided the girls on how to use water, oil, emulsifier, preservatives, and shimmer to create their own lotion. Through each step, the girls learned more about how the ingredients interact and the process of creating products. Finally, with a fragrance and color picked especially for the activity, the participants customized their lotion.
After the activity, the girls engaged in small groups with H2O+ employees to learn more about a variety of career options across the beauty industry including design, finance, marketing, product, and operations. The groups discussed everything from how products are manufactured to the career and educational paths of each role.
Introducing girls to a variety of career options at the beginning of high school builds their understanding of and capacity to envision possible paths for themselves post high-school and beyond. Engaging field trips with professional women, creates a network of supportive adults for our girls—one of the guiding principles of Girls Inc. of Alameda County. Thank you to our partners at H2O+ for a fun, thoughtful, and engaging experience!