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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.
EUREKA! PARTICIPANTS WILL:
- 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/PROGRAMOrganization Name: Girls inc. of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New JerseyOrganization Street Address: 1501 Cherry StreetOrganization City, State, Zip: Philadelphia, PA 19102Organization Phone Number: 215-735-7775 x 404Short 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
19104Which one best describes your organization?: Non-ProfitWhich one best describes your program?: Site-based - stationary (students come to a site)Is your program delivered in collaboration with external partners?: YesIf you answered yes to the last question ("l"), please list those partners.:
Drexel University and Penn Athletics department of the University of PennsylvaniaAccepting Mentors: Yes
CONTENTIs STEM the "core" of your program?: YesWhich type of STEM programming do you offer? (choose ALL that apply):
Which other activities does your STEM program include? (choose All that apply):
- Computer Science
- Environment Science
- Medicine and or Health
- STEAM (STEM with Art)
Does your program use volunteer STEM mentors?: Yes
- 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
LOCATION AND SHARINGWhere is your STEM program offered? (choose ALL that apply): West PhiladelphiaWhen does your STEM program take place? (choose ALL that apply):
PARTICIPANTSHow many children does your program serve each year? Numbers can be estimates.: Less than 100 individualsHow 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 weekWhich ages/grades does your STEM program serve? (choose ALL that apply):
Which gender(s) does your STEM program serve? (choose ALL that apply): GirlsWhich ethnic/racial populations does your STEM program serve?:
- 7th - 8th grade
- 9th -12th grade
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 onlyCan your STEM program accommodate youth with special needs?: No
- Native American
- Middle Eastern
FEE/FEE STRUCTUREDo participants need to pay for your STEM program?: NoIf participants need to pay for your STEM program, are scholarships available?: YesIs transportation to and from your program provided?: No students must provide their own transportation.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTSPlease 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.