In 2017, almost 200 girls took part in Girls Inc. summer program opportunities in Brockville, Gananoque, Kemptville, Portland, and Prescott with registration targets being exceeded in all locations. Girls Inc. Engineer IT! DIY Summer Camp offered a unique “minds-on, hands-on” experience for girls ages 6-13, allowing them to explore, ask questions, solve problems, and challenge stereotypes around women in STEM careers (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Games, crafts, role play and discussions addressed topics including bullying, body image & self-esteem, physical activity and nutrition, and stress management.
Girls Inc. believes that all girls deserve opportunities to be empowered and to grow up healthy, educated and independent. One of the ways we put this belief into action is by providing subsidies or scholarships to any girl in need. During the summer, 44% of participants received a subsidy, with more than $5,000 being granted to local girls to minimize barriers to their participation. Again this year, the Carolyn Sifton Foundation was a major sponsor of our summer STEM programming and subsidy program. Additional sponsors to our 2017 summer program included: Steel Style Garage in Gananoque, The Socialist Pig in Gananoque, and the Township of Edwardsburg-Cardinal.
During camp, girls experienced ‘The Chocolate Conundrum’, someone had taken a bite of a chocolate bar and program participants had to find out who! Girls fingerprinted, took dental impressions, analyzed hair samples, and measured foot prints in order to solve the case. The activity concluded with a mock trial, where they presented their evidence against the suspect. We know that exposure to math and science programming helps girls envision future educational and career opportunities, and that mentoring relationships with female role models can be life changing.
Girls rave about the Girls Inc. experience, and many return year after year to live that feeling of belonging that is found at Girls Inc. Girls Incorporated of Upper Canada is dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold, through programs that promote education, leadership, sports, health, and self-esteem. Girls Inc. empowers girls aged 6-18 to be the best they can be, and to say “I can”.