Inspiring all girls to be
strong, smart, and bold
In this month's newsletter, you will read about our long time partnership with Comcast, our early grade literacy initiative, family engagement events, and summer camps!
Our girls at last year's STEM University Camp at Drexel University.
Girls Inc. Summer Camps are almost here!
Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey’s summer camps are filled with opportunities to explore careers, dream big, and network with peers. Girls will have fun participating in hands-on projects as they work closely with college and professional mentors. Last year, over 70 girls participated in our six week-long summer camps. Please see below for a list of this year's summer camp opportunities:

  • MyWIC (Mentoring Young Women In Construction) Camp (June 22-June 29): The Philadelphia Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) sponsors a construction camp each year to provide girls with a hands-on experience to learn about the construction industry. During this six-day camp, girls explore and develop basic skills in the areas of carpentry, electrical, painting, and other trades. Girls experience the exhilaration of successfully performing tasks that promote leadership and team-building, build self-confidence, self-esteem, and boost overall self-image. During the camp, the girls are introduced to female role models who have achieved success in construction, enabling them to envision new possibilities for themselves. They partner with several local trade unions in the Philadelphia area to make this camp both educational and rewarding.
  • STEM University Camp (July 9-July 13): Through a partnership with Drexel University, 6th-8th grade girls will have the opportunity to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math from Drexel University professors. Girls are paired with college mentors, experience college life, and make new friends while conducting an array of science projects.
  • GoGirlGo! Summer Camp (July 9-July 13): A week-long interactive camp designed for girls in grades 3rd-5th. Activities are focused on improving the social and emotional health and well-being of girls by combining sports, physical activity, and leadership.
  • Girls Inc. STEAM Camp (July 16-July 20): Girls in grades 3rd-5th will participate in hands-on activities where they will explore, ask questions, persist, and solve problems. Using the SciGirls curriculum, participants will be inspired to get their hands dirty, develop leadership skills, work with mentors, and explore the world around them. 
  • Culture & Immersion Summer Camp (July 23-July 27): Participants in grades 3rd-8th will have fun exploring art, culture, food, and history as they explore the city of Philadelphia. Activities will include visits to local festivals, museums, restaurants, and community tours.
  • Leadership & Career Exploration Summer Camp (July 30-August 3): Girls in grades 6th-9th will participate in a career exploration and leadership camp that will introduce girls to a variety of careers in media, business, health, and STEM.

There are still spots available in our GoGirlGo! and STEAM Camps! To register, please contact Cherice Arrington at 215-735-7775 ex. 404 or carrington@girlsincpa-nj.org . Scholarships are available.
Comcast NBC10 Telemundo62 Comcast Spectacor has been a generous partner of Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey for over 10 years. They have supported our organization in numerous ways including sponsoring our annual Strong, Smart, and Bold Breakfast, hosting a Career Exploration Day for our girls, hosting professional development opportunities for our staff and interns, serving as active participants on our board, and awarding us community impact grants to support our Operation SMART program.

Operation SMART builds girls' skills and interests in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Through hands-on activities, girls explore, ask questions, persist, and solve problems. By interacting with women and men in STEM fields, girls come to view these careers as exciting and realistic options for themselves.

Thank you, Comcast!
Girls Inc. Hosts Series of Successful Family Engagement Events for
Early Grade Literacy Initiative
This month, we hosted successful family engagement events for our literacy programs at Bregy Elementary, Heston Elementary, and Bayard Taylor Elementary.

Our literacy programs include Seeds to Read and Rally for Reading. Seeds to Read provides one-on-one reading support to kindergarten and first grade students and is funded by the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey . Rally for Reading is designed for girls in kindergarten through third grade to help increase literacy rates, testing scores, and foster a lifelong love of reading.

Family engagement events are designed to build a parent network, gain tips to promote reading at home, and educate parents on literary milestones. At this month's family engagements, girls and their families read directions on how to plant their own flowers and took their flowers home to grow through the summer.

To see more photos from our family engagements, visit our photo gallery here .
Over 1,200 Summer Literacy Kits Packed for K-3 Students
The United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey has been an important partner in building our Early Grade Literacy Initiative. This month, we assembled over 1,200 literacy kits for 6 Philadelphia schools in partnership with the United Way.

The purpose of the kits is to prevent "summer slide", or losing some of the achievement gains that were made during the school year. The kits contained packets filled with reading activities, pencils, crayons, dry erase worksheet pockets, and more.

Read more about our literacy initiative here .
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