Academic Support & Mentoring for Underserved Girls

by Girls to Women
Feb 6, 2012

Girls Share Academic Achievements

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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!


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?” ( 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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Girls to Women

Location: East Palo Alto, CA - USA
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Project Leader:
Patrica Foster
Executive Director
East Palo Alto, CA United States

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