Academic Support & Mentoring for Underserved Girls

 
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Feb 6, 2012

Girls Share Academic Achievements

NASA Fieldtrip
NASA Fieldtrip

Dear GlobalGiving Community,

This year we celebrate five years of continuous service! As we reflect on the years since our inception, we thank you for the support you’ve provided to our community girls, and are excited for what the future has in store for our programs and the girls we serve. As always, we are happy to share updates on our after-school program. Please continue reading to learn about girls’ recent academic achievements and fun traveling to nearby educational destinations.

Please remember that for a basic rundown of this program (the basic objectives and the organization of Academic Support & Mentoring) you can always read one of our earlier Progress Reports, for example from January of 2010. 

THANK YOU for your support!

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Girls Share Academic Achievements

One of our favorite parts of the after-school program is when girls share their many scholastic accomplishments with each other, parents and staff. We love it when a girl walks in with a grin on her face, goes straight to a staff member and shares the news. There are also the more subtle girls, who will walk up to you, hand you their progress reports and continue on their way to sit down, as you look over the report. This is just how Esmeralda, 7th grade student, shared her latest academic achievement: an A++ in Social Studies and an A in Language Arts. As staff then congratulated Esmeralda, the smile we love so much appeared on her face. Our girls concentrate on thriving academically, and when they attain the grades they work towards, they can’t wait to share the news.   

Keitlan, 7th grade student, just last week walked in to the office stating that she received 100% in a fractions test for math class! The week before the test she spent the afternoons with program staff reviewing fractions and getting the practice she needed. Aside from acing her fractions test, Keitlan also received a Core Value Award for Courage. Keitlan has the courage to ask for help when she needs it and to always step outside of her comfort zone.

These stories show why academic support continues to be one of our highest priorities in our after-school program. Interns from nearby college-preparatory schools, volunteers from universities in the surrounding cities, and program staff, continue to work closely with the girls providing academic support and creating a positive culture of learning

Middle-School Girls Attend NASA’s Science on Saturday Lecture

On Saturday, January 28th a group of middle-school aged Girls To Women participants attended one of NASA’s Science on Saturday lectures. The lecture focused on Lunar Learning and answered questions such as, “What is it about the craters that help us learn about the moon? How do we use that information today? Why do we want to study the lunar atmosphere?” (www.nasa.gov). The girls, along with other middle-school students from the area, learned the answers to these questions through a lecture and a demonstration.

Girls To Women participants were so enthusiastic about the lecture that they were among the first to raise their hands to answer questions or to volunteer for demonstrations. Aside from the lecture and demonstration, the girls had the opportunity to look around the NASA Ames Exploration Center, and even took home Astronaut Ice Cream Sandwiches among other souvenirs! We hope to continue offering trips like these, using our neighboring resources to further introduce and acquaint girls with new academic and professional possibilities. 

NASA Fieldtrip
NASA Fieldtrip
Core Value Award
Core Value Award

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Oct 18, 2011

A "Drama-Filled" Summer at Girls To Women

g2W
g2W's The Wiz

Dear GlobalGiving Community,

As promised, we provide you with a more detailed report on our busy, fun and drama-filled Summer 2011: g2W’s Wiz. Read the attached report to find out about our creative participants, amazing service-learners and interns, exciting fieldtrips and our culminating End of Summer Celebration. To hear from the interns and staff on their experience with Girls To Women please see the short video: Girls To Women's Volunteer Luncheon - Summer 2011

Please remember that for a basic rundown of this program (the basic objectives and the organization of Academic Support & Mentoring) you can always read one of our earlier Progress Reports, for example from January of 2010. For details on school-year activities please read reports from earlier this year (January and April 2011).

THANK YOU!

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Summer 2011: g2W’s Wiz

Writer, designer, director, and actress … just a few of the roles Girls To Women participants took on during our all-day, six-week summer program this past July and August.  This summer’s theme was ‘The Wiz’ – encouraging girls to build their own yellow brick road to success!  We had a total of 27 participants representing the spectrum of our culturally-diverse community.

The summer was activity-filled!  Girls participated in morning outdoor games, team-building games, circle-time, reading, music, dancing, art, and drama. The overarching activity of the summer was for the girls to put together their own production of The Wiz – Ken Harper’s musical take on the classic story of The Wizard of Oz that incorporates African-American cultural experience. Working together, our older Summer Session girls adapted the script, made the set, designed the costumes, and finally performed the play for families and friends at the End of Summer event. The younger girls (girls in grades K-2) performed their own puppet show version of the story...(Please see the attached document for the full report).

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Jul 21, 2011

End of School-Year Celebration and Summer Fun!

Alumna speaking at End of School-Year Celebration
Alumna speaking at End of School-Year Celebration

Dear GlobalGiving Community,

With each report that we write we realize how quickly time is moving and how much we have accomplished. Despite the challenges that come with running a non-profit in our current economy, we continue to push forward because we see the impact that we are making on the lives of girls and their families. As we witness the alumni of our program return as volunteers, speakers for our events, or to simply visit and interact with our current girls, and as we see how far they have come, they continue to motivate us to provide services to more girls from the community. Thank you for supporting us as we work together in giving girls the tools necessary to reach their highest potential and to make their dreams a reality.

Please remember that for a basic rundown of this program (the basic objectives and the organization of Academic Support & Mentoring) you can always read one of our earlier Progress Reports, for example from January of 2010. For details on school-year activities please read reports from earlier this year (January and April 2011).

THANK YOU for supporting Girls To Women and the amazing girls we serve!

*Please read our attached report for details on our End of School-Year Celebration*

Participants performing the g2W Rap
Participants performing the g2W Rap

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Apr 20, 2011

Our latest accomplishments!

Dear GlobalGiving Friends,

We are excited to share with you our latest accomplishments! Girls To Women was recently named a Top-Rated Women's Nonprofit at GreatNonprofits.org. Please visit Great Nonprofits to read and/or write a review on Girls To Women.

 Our after-school program continues to be an on-going success; please read below for the latest news. Thank you for your continued support and interest!

All the best,

G2W Staff

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 The after-school program continues to have a high focus on homework completion as was requested by both the girls and their parents. The girls are focused on achieving and maintaining high academic grades, and they continue to create a safe environment of learning where girls support one another during homework time. Joanna, a 3rd grade participant, was recently named Student of the Month at her school and received two medals for her high performance on the Benchmark Tests.

Admittance to College Prep School

We are proud to say that two of our participants were recently admitted to our neighbor college-prep school, Eastside College Preparatory School. One participant will be entering as a freshman and the other as a 6th grader. We are excited that they are well on their way to preparing to attend four-year colleges! Their achievement is one that the entire Girls To Women community celebrates. When the girls announced their admittance, the other girls and staff celebrated with high-fives, hugs and a room full of smiles!

*Please see our attached report for more updates on our after-school program!

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Jan 18, 2011

Fall 2010 Project Report

Homework Time
Homework Time

Dear GlobalGiving Community,

Thank you for your continued interest in supporting Girls To Women and most importantly the girls we serve who are well on their to a successful womanhood. We are glad to provide you with the following update on Girls To Women's Fall 2010 after-school program.

Best wishes,

G2W Staff

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During this first half of the 2010-2011 school year, Girls To Women participants have been busy with school work and, setting and meeting the personal goals they set for themselves. Families continue to come to us with specific goals for their girls, whether it be that extra help in math, science or English. As always Girls To Women makes the aspirations of these girls and their families, the aspirations of Girls To Women. The staff and volunteers are dedicated to seeing all of the participants succeed and will go the extra mile in supporting the girls. During winter break, one of the staff members met with Madeleine, 3rd grader, to work one-on-one on Madeleine's reading. Madeleine said the following on why she enjoys attending Girls To Women's after-school program, "My favorite thing about Girls To Women is that I love that they help me with my homework. I am getting more stars and happy faces from my teacher, and that makes me happy."

Please see attached report for further information on the Fall 2010 update!

Homework Time
Homework Time

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Organization

Girls to Women

East Palo Alto, CA, United States
http://www.girlstowomen.org

Project Leader

Patrica Foster

Executive Director
East Palo Alto, CA United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Academic Support & Mentoring for Underserved Girls