Girls Inc. Eureka!

Program Category: Accepting Mentors, Fee Structure, Free, Grade Level, and 7 - 8Program Tags: stem, sports, college, middle, Summer, and free

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  • The Girls Inc. Eureka! program is an intensive, free five-year STEM based program for rising 8th grade girls (current 7th grade students) that builds girls’ confidence and skills through hands-on opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Utilizing a whole girl approach, the program also incorporates sports and physical fitness, personal development, and college and career readiness. Eureka! broadens girls’ future academic and career interests, encourages enrollment in advanced math and science courses, promotes positive risk-taking, and assists girls in developing networks of peers and mentors to support their future endeavors.

    During Eureka! girls gain first-hand knowledge through a variety of exciting and compelling activities that explore the cutting edge world of STEM through experiences in a college campus environment. With complementary activities in healthy living, social justice and financial literacy, Eureka’s approach fosters educational, professional and personal development.

    • Participate in a 4-week summer camp at Drexel University
    • Participate in exciting field trips
    • Participate in swimming instruction, sports, and more personal development activities with Penn Athletics
    • Participate in personal development workshops led by trained Girls Inc. staff on leadership, job readiness, health, life skills and college readiness tools.
    • Attend monthly meetings during the school year and interact with college and corporate mentors.

    Organization Name: Girls inc. of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey
    Organization Street Address: 1501 Cherry Street
    Organization City, State, Zip: Philadelphia, PA 19102
    Organization Phone Number: 215-735-7775 x 404
    Short Description of Organization:

    Girls Inc. is a nonprofit organization with roots dating to 1864 and national status since 1945, Girls Inc. has responded to the changing needs of girls through research-based programs and public education efforts that empower girls to understand, value, and assert their rights. Girls Inc. annually serves over 150,000 girls in over 1,400 sites in 400 cities across the United States and Canada. Our comprehensive approach to whole girl development equips girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers.

    Locally, Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey was founded in 1961 as Teen Aid, Inc. and the organization became affiliated with Girls Inc. since 2002, our mission is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. We achieve this mission by addressing the unique needs of girls ages 6-18 through research based programs, advocacy, education, and the development of mentoring relationships. Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey serves over 2,000 girls annually in the Greater Philadelphia region.

    Program Street Address: Drexel University
    Which one best describes your organization?: Non-Profit
    Which one best describes your program?: Site-based - stationary (students come to a site)
    Is your program delivered in collaboration with external partners?: Yes
    If you answered yes to the last question ("l"), please list those partners.:

    Drexel University and Penn Athletics department of the University of Pennsylvania

    Accepting Mentors: Yes


    Is STEM the "core" of your program?: Yes
    Which type of STEM programming do you offer? (choose ALL that apply):
    • Biochemistry
    • Chemistry
    • Computer Science
    • Engineering
    • Environment Science
    • Medicine and or Health
    • Robotics
    • STEAM (STEM with Art)
    Which other activities does your STEM program include? (choose All that apply):
    • Academic Enrichment and Homework Help
    • Arts and Media
    • Civic Engagement and Service-Learning
    • Drop-Out Prevention and College Preparation
    • Project-Based Learning
    • Sports and Recreation
    • Workforce Development
    Does your program use volunteer STEM mentors?: Yes


    Where is your STEM program offered? (choose ALL that apply): West Philadelphia
    When does your STEM program take place? (choose ALL that apply):
    • Summer
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Spring
    • Weekend


    How many children does your program serve each year? Numbers can be estimates.: Less than 100 individuals
    How many hours/week does each child participate? Numbers can be estimates, and can be specific to a season or semester.: More than 10 hours per week
    Which ages/grades does your STEM program serve? (choose ALL that apply):
    • 7th - 8th grade
    • 9th -12th grade
    Which gender(s) does your STEM program serve? (choose ALL that apply): Girls
    Which ethnic/racial populations does your STEM program serve?:
    • African-American
    • Latino
    • Caucasian
    • Asian
    • Native American
    • Middle Eastern
    • Multi-Ethnic
    What percentage of your participants are eligible for free or reduced lunch? Percentages can be estimates.*: 76-100%
    Who can participate in your STEM program?: Individuals only
    Can your STEM program accommodate youth with special needs?: No


    Do participants need to pay for your STEM program?: No
    If participants need to pay for your STEM program, are scholarships available?: Yes
    Is transportation to and from your program provided?: No students must provide their own transportation.


    Please place your additional comments in the section below.:

    Interested participants must commit to the five year program in order to be accepted into the Girls Inc. Eureka! program. All interested students must complete an application and a letter of recommendation from a teacher, mentor, or coach. Prior to acceptance, interviews are conducted with parent/guardian and the student to determine eligibility for the program. Accepted candidates must present an interest in STEM and/or a desire to a part of a sisterhood that supports post-secondary planning and leadership.


    Please select the applicable categories: Accepting Mentors, Fee Structure, Free, Grade Level, and 7 - 8
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